Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Giveaway week! {Livi Lou & Co}

**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.

You can find me at:
www.livilouandco.com- my all too often negleted blog

www.lvilouandco.hyenacart.com-here you will find the "crunchy" side of my creativity as well as teething necklaces and laundry products to naturally strip build up from your laundry.

www.livilouandco.etsy.com- everything else

I'm also a memeber of the following teams
SAHM of ETSY
Homefront
www.hiddenelement.hyenacart.com- a Hyena Cart congo I am a part of
on 
Facebook, search Livi Lou & Co



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!

15 comments:

Christy said...

if i won i'm pretty sure i'd get the yellow pixi hat its sooooo cute!!!

Christy said...

i'm a Facebook fan of Livi Lou & Co

Christy said...

i'm a Facebook fan of Ida & Mae

Christy said...

i am now Following Livi Lou & Co's blog via network blogs :)

Christy said...

shared on facebook :)

Natasha Vaughn, Designer said...

I would get some of the baby items for friends that are expecting.

Anonymous said...

Awe, the hair flowers are sooo cute!

Shari Ladd

Deanna said...

I love the floor pillows, and the messanger bags...oh and the dance pillow

Deanna said...

follow the blog

Deanna said...

facebook fan

Deanna said...

shared on facebook

Sammy said...

I would get Katie the dancer pillow or one of those floor pillows.

jennygale said...

I'm a fan of Livi Lou on facebook!

jennygale said...

I'm following Livi Lou's blog!

jennygale said...

I'm a fan of Ida and Mae!