Mary’s neoVictorian Snow Queen at DragonCon 2014 (photo by Pat Loika)

Mary Abreu has been crafting most of her life, although she admits that sticking to one or two is a challenge (hence the “ADD crafter” moniker). Her first book — Little Girls, Big Style (Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing) — was published in 2010; her second book, Modern Style for Girls, was out in October 2015. Hack that Tote!, Mary’s third book with Stash Books, was published in September 2016.

She is an accomplished sewing instructor who teaches a wide range of classes including beginning sewing, serger techniques, apparel and bag making, decoding sewing patterns and even quilting classes. Mary has sewn for fabric manufacturers and designers, creating tutorials and samples used to market new lines and patterns.

Mary has worked as a seamstress with Whitestone Motion Pictures, a small movie production company near Atlanta, and has wardrobe department credits on two short films, including The Candy Shop, starring Doug Jones, as well as a History Channel show. Mary also sewed for the third season of FOX’s Sleepy Hollow.

An award-winning journalist, Mary has worked as an editor, writer and art director at newspapers and magazines throughout the Southeast United States during her 24-year career. She tries to squeeze in the occasional freelance writing and editing gig — although running a household and parenting three kids (26, 23 and 12) are her first priority.

Mary and her Honey will celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary this summer, although she’s not sure if he’s as willing to mark the occasion at DragonCon as she is.

She enjoys attending pop culture conventions, where she is a regular presenter on the topics of pattern drafting and hacking, costuming for children, and historically influenced costuming. She lives with her family near Atlanta, Georgia.

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  1. Ich finde die Kamera eigentlich ganz gut so. Zumindest ist es klasse gelöst, dass man durch die Blöcke hindurch sehen kann, wenn man sich denn dahinter befindet. Etwas, das ich bei Castle Crashers immer bemängelt hatte, da sieht man sich desöfteren einfach nicht mehr.Ansonsten schließe ich mich auch bedingungslos an: So ein tolles und herzerwärmendes Spiel mit viel Liebe zum Detail und schöner Musik. <3

  2. Totally agree about the lack of novelty, although I almost feel bad critizing at all. Collins is truly amazing! Nice review, Nicole. You captured my feelings exactly. Believe it or not, I finished Catching Fire last fall, and have yet to read Mockingjay. Not that I’m not interested, but I had other stuff to read first, then my intensity for it sort of faded. Now that I’ve seen the movie, I want to get going on the last book.

  3. Great real world example!I think that such models as you describe works well for companies. I wish I had the money like Franklin to conduct my own experiments and create wonderful things. I’m willing to bet that there quite a few people in a poor environment that given the opportunity could really shine and do some incredible things, but they never will because they don’t have the resources. In a Room B environment, they would get to shine though. Hypothetically speaking of course.

  4. Portugal é hoje um paraiso criminal, onde alguns inocentes imbecis, se levantam para ir trabalhar, recebendo por isso dinheiro, que depois lhes é roubado pelos criminosos e ajuda a pagar ordenados aos iluminados que bolsam certas leis.Os portugueses, que também têm culpa no cartório, ao aceitarem pacificamente que os políticos lhes vendam gato por lebre, isto é, um Estado Social oneroso, quando lhe disseram que era gratuito ou abaixo do custo, mas que vão ter que alimentar e pagar. E, para cúmulo, premiando a burla em eleições.

  5. Okay, hold up. I love that 1) Tru Blood comes in “flavors”Yep, it sure does. My Tru Blood t-shirt (with “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drink Friends” on the front) has the logo with O-neg on the back (“HBO reminds vampires to drink responsibly) while my Tru Blood bag has the same logo but with A-neg on it.Have you seen the advertisements for Tru Blood up on YouTube?

  6. För kännedom: alla har rätt att kommentera så länge de inte skriver saker som kan klassas som hets mot folkgrupp. Det handlar inte om censur utan om att denna sajt måste följa svensk lag. Därför godkänns inga kommentarer där man svepande anklagar islam för till exempel våldtäkter.

  7. You are blessed with the ability to reason…or you would have guzzled the kool aid. The desire to be led and told what to think supercedes the Sheeples need for independence. They shout freedom but move en masse like fish swimming together in a school. And education IS their enemy.

  8. Dette vil jeg også være med på i 2009! Vet ikke hvor mange innlegg det blir, men jeg skal prøve å få til noen! :-)Jeg blir gjerne med på linklisten din over fotosafariblogger for 2009! :-)Takk for en flott blogg Petunia!

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  10. Sep26 good job Carrie!! I’m sure not there. I had so many plans for the kids’ lunches….and all I’ve done so far is not buy processed meat…so today they had jam and butter sandwiches…sigh…I haven’t even done all the “HEALTHY” baking I was planning for them…….hope you have better luck and determination and all that!!!

  11. I love all your softies, and this new lil’ s’mores guy is awesome. I like Lindsay’s idea about making the marshmallow more smooshy, and I’d like to add my idea of possibly quilting the graham crackers (or like tie quilts to make the perferated dots). It would be rockin’ to see some of your tats, too. (he he – “tat’s too” – tattoos)

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  13. siempre he soñado con hacer un viaje largo como el tuyo, aunque por mi hubicacion (bogota- colombia) he soñado con descubrir mi continente americano, desde la patagonia hasta alaska, pero siempre me ha surjido una gran pregunta ¿como financia uno un viaje asi? puesto en euros de cuanto es tu presupuesto diario?….me serviria de gran ayuda tu respuesta gracias.Tu voto: 0  0

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  15. >YAYYYYY!! Another Alivia story!! I love when you share Alivia stories~~she is just so precious! and the babes are precious too!! I imgagine your life is a bit "hectic" right now huh?? Thinking of your family and praying that all is going as well as it can be.love ya,Kim

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  17. And WE appreciate you! Seriously. Thank you for being a part of the book blogging community. I think if you blog about books and you hang out with us, you’re one of us. My blog doesn’t even really focus on books anymore, but I can’t imagine being a part of a different online community. I might be a little biased, but this is one of the best. Happy BBAW!

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  19. The only thing the disturbed me about Bat-Vision was that it sounded like a video game. Like if (when?) they come out with a gaming version of this… that will be in it. Two-Face was always great. I was a little disturbed by the real life two face. I must be spoiled by the cartoon Two-Face. It’s a good transition that this moral man who should know better in the end relies on just flipping a coin and making decisions based on that and not a moral compass that isn’t as absolute.

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  21. Hi Terri, well, that’s more or less the way that I would cook my porridge. Sometimes I would soak the rice first say 15-20mins, then mashed them with my hand to break them into bits and pieces. This is a faster way. I heard Hongkies soak the rice overnight. Either way, there’s 101 ways to cook porridge or perhaps… anything and everything 😉

  22. The Puritans did not come to America in search of religious freedom, they came to America to have a place where they could establish a religious totalitarianism. That remains, after hundreds of years, the mind set of the New England types. That they lost the religiosity along the way is a detail.

  23. Having not watched Countdown since the days of the late Mr Whitely, it was only by chance that there was an excerpt from a current programme on TV at the weekend and I did say to Mr CS, I didn’t know that Nick Hewer was doing Countdown these days! As the Kiwis say the wordplay was obvious but I might have had to investigoogle just to confirm.

  24. justement : avec ta première réponse je me suis rendue compte que c’est vraiment ambigüe, alors j’en rajoute une couche, pour le fun ! On a pas mal discuté à table, mais tu ne me connais sans doute pas : je manie rarement l’ironie et j’aime rester franche ! Donc pas de double sens : il aurait été dommage de ne pas t’avoir connu !

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  26.   marichuy24 octubre 2009gracias por tu reportaje yo conosco muy bien san jeronimo me criaron en la maquina y no saben cuanto extrano todas mis costumbres de mi pueblo trato de hacer los guisos por ejemplo manana voy hacer nacatamales me dio mucho trabajo encontrar las hojas de platano pues vivo en arlington TX. Y tambien extrano mucho las yolis gracias por todo y saludos a todos mis paisanos

  27. Paulequeenie is correct in saying that there is way worse out there than Down syndrome.I’d rather you just keep your opinion to yourself and not write stuff on my 13 year olds video’s that she made. If you don’t like people with DS, then why do you watch the video’s.I just don’t understand you people at all. You don’t have a child with DS, but never say it will never happen. It is so different when your a mother and you feel the baby move inside you. Amnio test is 16- 18 weeks

  28. The first arse — LOL.I haven’t done any Christmas shopping either. My whole family is lazy. We don’t pick names. We kinda buy stocking stuffers — sometimes really big stocking stuffers and if I don’t rush out and get a few things, I’ll be really embarrassed if someone gets me something. Ah, the spirit of the holidays.I went to Targets today for food stuff mainly. Boy, did I regret that decision.As far as stuff to watch, I have straight up been watching Prison Break — don’t know what’s up with that.

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  31. I remember your brother getting new Bar Mitzvah shoes for his BAR mITZVAH event. In two days after the happy party and becoming a man he outgrew his suit and shoes. So don’t be surprised if it happens to you. ( I wish you all the happiness on this upcoming Bar Mitzvah.)

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