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

Thursday, August 14, 2014


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!

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.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Birthday Quilt for Dad

My dad celebrated his 80th birthday on the 12th of April. Many conflicting schedules prevented us from celebrating the event on the actual day so we planned a party for him a month later. 

Aside from throwing the party, we couldn't decide upon an appropriate gift until Mom, my sister Dana and I thought it would be nice for me to piece together a quilt top using fabrics that were reminiscences of many of his favorite things. 

I used my signature triangle black and chose fabrics mostly of my own design, or some that I had worked on as a production manager or were the precise image we were seeking. They include puppy portraits of three of the family dogs, goldfish, wickerwork and dragonflies for his koi pond, tropical drinks, roses and veggies for his garden, and of course BBQ!

Included too are blocks of pieced and tie dyed GRAPHYX prints, BEADWORK, strike offs from my new collection CHROMA, DISCO DOT from the TANGRAM collection, SIREN SONG and up cycled shirts. The colors are warm and rich, accented by light and dark grounds, and the pointed corners of the triangles are softened by the linear blockiness of the grid-like quilting.

Most of the quilt framed in a shot taken in the back garden.

Koi, drinks, roses and Kali.

Tasha, BBQ, veggies and more koi.



Tasha (and a woven strip shirt block) and a good example of the quilting.

I use the simple shape of the 12" x 13" triangle so I can concentrate on color and moving it around the surface of the quilt.

How the blues move and the brown and reds jump diagonally