Let’s get moving

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WOW – getting a house ready to sell is quite an undertaking !! The homestead is on the market now, so now the waiting game begins. This better not take too long as we are ready to GO and begin a new chapter of our lives with new experiences. What we will take with us is memories of 26 years in the pines.

Building our home – living with Granny & Gramps for 5 months until our house was finished – Chatsworth Elementary School – Rec soccer – t ball / baseball / softball – Girl Scouts – Cub Scouts – Boy scouts – camping trips with the kids – SWIMMING in the pool at G & G – parties at the big house – cousins – family – the Harris’ living with G&G – a REALLY BIG Christmas tree – Samadog – Spock – Guinea pigs – pet snake – bunnies (moving the cage & separating them) – pet rats – Killer Iguana – Denis & his bike rides to school (rain, snow, sleet & hail) – Matt & his Mustang – Project children kids (Lisa, Rachel, Thomas & Johnny) – lots of time spent with Granny & Gramps – Holy Cross High School – Ben – BON – Peaceful Pines canned goods – movie nights with friends – CAMPFIRES – weddings – REOONEYS – DiAntonio pig roast – Mustang planter – Cinco de Mayo parties – St. Patrick’s Day parties – Christmas dinners – Cranberry Festival Fun – 14 different employers between all 6 of us – Squirrel in the fireplace – bats in the house – no power St Pats party & cooking lamb stew in the turkey fryer – forest fire evacuation – Gramps walks on the highway – Granny’s bridge group – Lenape HS – Seneca HS – Girl Scout cookie mom time (and paying for all the ones that we consumed) – Proms – graduations – bridal showers (A&M, K&E, J&B, D&A) – baby showers – Christmas cookie baking with Ben – the path through the woods to G&G’s house – Evan and his rocket car – hide & seek with the grandkids @ G&G – Juniper trying to catch the squirrels -playing soccer in the back yard with Tedy – turkeys in the yard – deer in the yard EATING my plants – Morrills / Gravers – movie nights – wash on the clothesline – starry nights – and recently too many funerals………….

ANYONE OUT THERE want to buy our house????????

We’ll keep the memories.


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TBT Funnies

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Yesterday morning I ventured into the “catch all” basket in our bedroom. It has been the repository of old photos and funnies that at one time graced the doors of our refrigerators. I sorta hate to admit this, but some of these comic strips moved with us from our home in Moorestown to the Pine Barrens over 26 years ago. They are old and yellowed BUT the humor in the comics is still relevant.

So all you moms, dads, kids have a few chuckles on me !!!

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This one was on the powder room door !!

In loving memory of Spock our toilet bowl dog


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Sleeping dollies & other softies

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I love my grand kids.  They are my inspiration for a lot of my current sewing projects.  After the first 2 were born almost 7 years ago, I went full throttle making quilts, clothes, toys, etc.  The BEST part is they love everything I make for them – and I get lots of hugs and kisses as thank yous 🙂

They are my best advertising as their Made by Mamo garments and accessories happen to be their favorites (warms my heart). All the comments I have received from other moms, my own kids and friends is why I’ve begun my business.

Here’s a little sample of the recent garments I’ve made.

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Ice Ice Baby

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It looks like a scene from Frozen outside this morning. The ground and trees are glistening with a layer of ice. Once the sun comes out and the temps warm it will all be gone (hopefully), so I ventured out with the phone and took some photos.

I will miss the beauty of the pines when we move to VT, but I will trade it for the mountains and the lake of “Champ”. More & different photo ops await me.

Enjoy these images and drive carefully !!!

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Old jeans and superheros

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I can’t bear to through out old jeans.  I love how the denim softens after many washes yet still remains so durable.  Guess that’s why I have a GIANT tub of jeans in various sizes, colors and pieces.  I have been stashing these away for years, so it’s time to use them for some upcycle projects.

I decided to make a small zippered pouch – this choice was based on using another vintage metal zipper from my collection.

1/2 of a leg was all I needed for the outer fabric. I picked a superhero cotton print for the lining – from another tub in my collection.  Superheros are a BIG favorite with the grandkids & I’ve got lots of Supermans, Spidermans, Batmans roaming throughout my fabric collection.


Here is the finished product.

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Only one more day of the challenge – tomorrow I’ll be keeping the dolls warm !!!


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Destash continues……..”Granny bags” Mamo style

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My mother-in-law, Granny to all who knew her, was an amazing woman.  Everyone was welcome in the home she shared with my father-in-law Gramps.  She was a woman of many talents, one of which was her sewing ability.  As a product of the depression, she would use every scrap of fabric.  Her 17 grandchildren were happy recipients of her creativity.  I remember Granny telling us that her mother used to say that she could make a blouse out of a handkerchief.

One item she made over and over in various sizes was the “Granny bag” which is a modification of a duffle bag. The one pictured here she made from the left over pieces of corduroy that I used for a pair of toddler overalls (that toddler is now 35 years old).  I currently use it to carry my small knitting projects.


In honor of Granny, my destash project on Monday was “Mamo’s version” of the Granny Bag.  I modified her pattern by adding a lining and using fusible fleece on the round ends to add a bit more stability.

I used a scrap of red corduroy for the main body and a Michael Miller print for the ends, handle and lining. The metal zipper is vintage – pre 1980s.


Here is the final product.  Like my mother-in-law I have made many of these in all sizes. (Please pardon the lighting in my photos).



What a great lady – I miss her everyday.


Granny & Kezia






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Baby it’s cold outside !!! – Destash challenge continues

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BRRRR – good day to stay inside!! Here in NJ today the real feel windchill will be in the negative digits. Guess I better get used to these kinds of temps since VT is even colder.

With that in mind, I have been sewing some warm fleecy items with pieces of fabric from my “stash”.


Wearing fleece in winter is so comfy and soft against your skin while adding an insulating layer against the cold. My FAVORITE fleece item for the past month has been my socks.  They keep my tootsies warm.  I wear them as slippers inside the house and with my boots when I venture out into the cold.  The socks are mid calf with a soft cotton rib at the top which helps keep them nice and snug on your legs, but they are not constricting.

I have made these for many years as Christmas gifts and they are a fan favorite with the Looney clan.





I really dislike having a cold neck when I go out in this frigid weather. While having a bulky and stylish scarf is nice, so is a snug gaitor that tucks right into the collar of your jacket. The length is perfect for pulling up around your mouth and nose if needed. They are bound in soft cotton rib at the top and bottom of the gaiter.



If you like anything you see here and would like to purchase, send me an email (FYI the socks fit a woman sizes 6 – 8, but I would be happy to make a custom pair for you).  I have some print and solid colors in my collection that are available to choose from.

OR you can go on to my Etsy shop, https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadebyMamo to purchase.

STAY WARM. Only 27 days until spring




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Keeping the kiddos warm with fleecy hats – Destash item #1 & #2

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My decision to choose pieces from my fleece collection came from the -1 temperature on my thermometer on day #1 of my destash challenge.


Since we were heading to VT and would be seeing the grandkids I thought funky fleece hats would be fun to make. (I will be posting a tutorial if you would like to make these yourself). I will also be adding a few to my Etsy shop, https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadebyMamo for purchase.

The kids LOVED them and they are nice and warm for the cold Vermont days.



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Destash challenge

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I love fabric – all kinds.  And I have been collecting / buying for many years. One of my favorite parts in the creative process is picking fabrics for a project.  For the most part I use pieces I have on hand, but I have decided to really challenge myself to make 5 items a week using only what I have on hand.



This is just a portion of what I will be using. I know it doesn’t look “pretty”, but I assure you it’s organized and I know what is in each of those tubs !!  What you don’t see here is the closet full of tshirts ready for upcycling.

This will be fun !!  The hardest part will be deciding what I want to make.

FYI, many will be available for purchase on my Etsy site https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadebyMamo.



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Bye bye handpainted wallpaper

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At the advice of our real estate agent all our interior walls will be painted in a neutral color – prospective buyers prefer a neutral palette.

Currently we have a vibrant color scheme on our walls as well as some stenciling that took me DAYS to complete many moons ago. But the walls that will be hardest to let go of are in our laundry room.

The red, yellow and blue fingers and palms of our 4 children created this “handpainted” design. I remember putting them all in smocks, lining them up in the hallway, covering their hands with paint and sending them into the laundry room to “stamp the walls”. We repeated this process over and over again until we had it just right.

As I look at the size of the little hands that grace these walls, I am brought back to an earlier time when this house was noisy with the sounds of 4 kids, their friends, 2 dogs, and assorted pets that we had over time (guinea pigs, lizards, bunnies and a snake). Those memories are so precious to me. I miss the clatter of backpacks thrown on the floor as they arrive home from school, the conversations at dinnertime. As a matter of fact I miss it all, the good, the bad and at times the ugly.

So before those hands disappear behind a wall of tan paint, I took pictures. This is my way of preserving these walls forever.

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