**This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Jenny Gale!! Congrats!**
I met Mary Jo through an internet group years ago. She is super talented at sewing, and started her own online business. Here is a bit about her and her company Livi Lou & Co:
I have been sewing since I was a very little girl. I can remember sitting on my Grandmothers lap while she made me dresses helping to guide the fabric through the machine. Then I was given a little toy chain stitch machine and my creativity took off. I remember making a table cloth and napkin set from an old set of curtains with that little machine and I’m sure I made much more. Within a few years I was a master at using an electric machine, making clothing and jean quilts on my Great Grandmas singer 201. Patterns and in style fashion began to bore me and I ventured into making up my own style and patterns to go with it. I was into civil war reenacting at the time, my many creations included a flounced day dress with bell sleeves.
When I reached high school I put sewing by the wayside, opting for cooler things like shopping and working at the local Dairy Queen. Looking back I would love to tell my past self to keep at it. When I married I started getting back into sewing, starting with my wedding dress, I fell in love with formal wear at that point. I love to make ball gowns and have made wedding dressesfor a few friends. I have had an alterations buisness on the side for several years which helps pay for my fabirc addiction but can leave little time for using the fabric
When daughter Olivia was born in 2007 I left the full time work force for the adventurous life of a SAHM, I found nap time to be a great time to let my creative juices flow. I dabbled in selling some of my creations for a few years then in the spring of 2010 I took the leap to really start marketing my goods by attending local shows and branching out in my online ventures.
At this time the things I create focus on items for babies and children with the odd thing for grown ups too. What I create tends to change with the interest that I have at any given time, so you never know what might be in my shop. I also carry some items that are not made by me but that I love and want to share with others, amber teething necklaces are one example, if you have a baby then you NEED one of these.
I live in the UK with my husband who is in the US Air Force and two children Olivia (the Livi behind Livi Lou & Co.) and Erik. I love my little business which allows me to stay home with my little ones and have the flexibility to travel when my husband has time off. The added bonus is that I can take it with me when the Air Force sends us to new locations. When I’m not creating I spend time volenteering in our comuntiy, spending quality time with the family, and reading the occasional blog.
Mary Jo is giving away a $25 shop credit! To enter, visit her shop and come back and tell us what items you like. For additional entries (leave a separate comment for each):
- Become a Facebook fan of Livi Lou & Co
- Follow Livi Lou & Co’s blog
- Share this giveaway on Facebook
- Become a Facebook fan of Ida & Mae
This giveaway ends at midnight!