Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hi everyone :o)
It's been a long eventful year and it's nearing the end.It seems like just the other day I was busy preparing for my first of many shows.Now it's time to inform you of my LAST show.This weekend I will be at the ARTillery Holiday Art Market.
Stop by and pick up some last minute gifts.

heres the when and where :
Saturday December 19
from 12- 6p.m.
Skye Bar in the O.S.U. South Campus Gateway

Hope to see you there :o)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

I wanted to thank everyone who attended my open house this week.I had a really nice time.I was a bit stressed out the days prior to the event though.I think it happens every December.
Not only was I trying to get my home ready, I had a show the previous weekend.I also spent quite a bit of time in front of my sewing machine this past week getting a few special orders done.Cleaning,decorating and setting up my display were also on my to-do list.
It was well worth the effort.
I had a great turnout and a great time.I got to visit with my friends (you know who you are, I had a few of my wonderful customers come that I haven't seen since summer and I met a couple really nice people :o)
Thank You to all.
Not only to the people who came to the open house but also to everyone who has encouraged me and complimented me over this past year.
Without your support I could not do what I do.
Thank You to all of the customers,shop owners,festival organizers,volunteers,friends(old and new),vendors,fellow artists and crafters.A special thanks to the staff who work the cutting table at Jo Anns! lol
And I can't forget my beautiful family for helping me.

This has been a rewarding and fantastic year ! ! !

Thursday, November 12, 2009

November 14-15, 2009
10am - 6pm each day

Junctionview Studios
889 Williams Ave
Columbus, Ohio

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Inspired by the DIY craft movement we organized this event to celebrate independent designers and artists locally and nationally while supporting the spirit of the handmade community.

Tiny Canary, in its third year, is a modern arts and crafts market. We will be showcasing some of the finest designers and makers of everything from jewelry and handmade clothing, to original plush, home d├ęcor and body care products.

As a handmade alternative for the gift giving season, Tiny Canary is anticipated to attract thousands of holiday shoppers.

The first 100 in attendance each day will receive a FREE Tiny Canary tote bag stuffed with coupons and other goodies!

I'll be there,stop by and see me

Monday, November 2, 2009

CMA Holiday Trunk Show:
Unique Handcrafted Gifts By Local Artists.
Columbus Museum of Art
480 East Broad Street Columbus 43215
Event Date:Sunday December 6
Event Hours: 1 pm - 5 pm

The Columbus Museum of Art Gift Shop will be hosting a Holiday Trunk Show featuring the handmade work of local artisans.The artists featured will be selling a wide range of unique and affordable products including hand-dyed silk scarves, sewn stationery, fused glass jewelry, hand bound journals, and colorful purses.
The Museum Shop offers an unusual array of household objects, jewelry by localartisans, note cards and stationery, posters, toys and educational items for kids, and distinctive gifts for everyone.

Admission is free to attend the CMA Holiday Trunk Show. Regular admission rates apply for Chihuly Illuminated.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

*** Craftin' Outlaws ***

With just a little over a week to go , i'm getting super excited for the big event.
It's going to be fun hanging out with my artist friends,meeting new people and seeing the event finally come together.
Check it out.
The Columbus Underground made a podcast and posted it today :o)

The ladies of the C.O. did a fantastic job talking about the show :o)

Oh yeah, check out the Etsy treasury I made with Craftin' Outlaws artist.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

I'm setting up at two locations in downtown Columbus this weekend.
First off, Saturday evening from 6 to 9 I will be at the Salons At High And Hubbard
it is located at 17 W. Hubbard in the Short North.
This will not only be the first time I have ever set up at a Gallery Hop,
It is the first time I have ever been in the Short North during the Gallery Hop :o)
So i'm pretty excited ! !

Then I will be setting up at the North Market Artisan Sunday
Always a fun time with lots of my artist friends to hang out with.

So if your in Downtown Columbus this weekend be sure to stop by.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I set up this last weekend at The Riverfront Art Festival.It was held at Genoa Park in Downtown Columbus.I had been working right up to the show,trying to get plenty of merchendise made.I was so happy when I set up my booth display and had enough to fill it all up with my colorful creations.
Check out my Panda bags.They are my Newest bag.Tons of people were giving compliments to them and my New Geisha Purses.
The last pic is of me putting out my New Zippy pouches with fun charectors.

My Husband J shared a booth Saturday at Independents' Day in downtown Columbus.He put out my Decorative Wall Hangings,my Awesome Guitars,hand made books and journals and of course my Bags,Purses and Zippys.He said the event brought a fun crowd.I took the walk up Broad Street to surprise my husband and to say Hi to all the vendors I knew there.It was really more my kind of crowd, I wished I could have stayed.

And then it rained on Sunday and washed the customers away :o(
It gave me a chance to walk around with my new umbrella.(My husband bought it for me on his way to the show) I spent time talking to other vendors, and we had alot to talk about.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Trying to eat healthy.
I've also been going back to the gym.
Not as much as I would like though.

I made a few things for myself.Of course if I have it my girls want it to. I have to make one for each of them to.
I made these bleach tie dyed jeans like the ones I had in the 80's.

and i've been trying to stay focused and get a bunch of stuff made for my upcoming shows.I am actually very motivated right know and came up with even more NEW designs.
I'll take some picks SOON. Stop back and check them out :0)

Friday, August 14, 2009

We had a great time last Saturday.

We volunteered our time at the Crafty Cotillions Handmade Expo.It was held at the Fairgrounds during the Ohio State Fair.

We go to so many shows,festivals and events and see all kinds of people volunteering their time and skills.If your part of the event it's hard to help out and run your own booth.So we thought it would be nice to lend a hand.

We really enjoyed spending time and hanging out with fellow artist,peers and friends.
It was so much FUN and we all got these cute OHIO shirts for giving our time.We spent a few hours behind the info booth selling t-shirts,handing out posters /promo cards and giving vendors breaks.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I'm So Excited ! ! ! ! !
I was interviewed by staff writer Alex Froman while at the Lazy Daze of Summer Festival last weekend.He writes for the Grandview, This Week Community Newspaper.

I couldn't figure out how to link the article to my blog so here is my portion of what he wrote about the event.

Among the artists and craftmakers participating in this year's festival was Mary Maben, who designs and sells bags and purses through her Mary Moon Designs business.

"Each bag or purse I make has a one-of-a-kind design," Maben said. "I like experimenting, putting together colors and patterns that don't seem to make sense to people, but actually work well together."

Maben said she enjoys participating in festivals like Lazy Daze because of the chance to meet so many people.

"The most exciting thing to me is when I'm out and see someone carrying one of my bags or purses," she said. "It's so rewarding to think you're making something that people like and use."

More information about Maben's creations is available at

Pretty cool, Right ?

I will be back in Grandview this Saturday for The Grandview Hop.
I will be set up by the Arlington Bank from 5p.m. until 9 p.m.
Hope to see you there :o)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hey everyone,I'll be set up in Westerville this weekend.Stop by and say hey.I did the show last year.It was great fun :o)
The festival is set in a really nice park,they have some really good bands and a variety of crafters and artist.
Don't forget to go into the Everal Barn.They have a silent auction and kids art in the upstairs.The childrens art show is my fav.
Hope to see you there.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Hey Crafty Cat i'm trying to get some work done. I have been trying to get stuff accomplished and my pesty crafty cat is at it again.He waits till I am all sprawled out and lays right in the middle of everything, but I love this darn cat, he is my most loving kitty and comes running to me whenever I call him.

Tune in next time for more adventures of Crafty Cat ........... ♥♥♥

Friday, June 5, 2009

I can't even have my picture taken without having Crafty Cat getting in the way.
I was having pictures taken of my bag for a listing in my Etsy shop and C.C. come sneaking into my photo.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Crafty Cat is Back

I have been hard at work measuring,cutting and assembling all new bags and purses.
Not an easy task when I'm spending half the day watching my precious new grandbaby.The dog comes to stay the day with Lola Mary as well.She's a good pup as long as you don't leave her alone,AT ALL !!
But this pesky cat of mine thinks it needs to be right in the middle of my work.
Here is a pic of C.C. using my purse pattern as a personal pop up tent.
ARRGGG ! ! ! !

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Monday, March 30, 2009

This is the part of my job that I really don't care for.
I love to create.I love to shop for supplies.
I hate cleaning my art room.
I recently took a break from my sewing machine to condense and reorganize my space.
It took me over two days to get the job done.

My daughter couldn't believe I was getting rid of stuff.I threw out several bags of trash.I dropped off a van full of stuff at Goodwill and donated some supplies to my kids school.I also have some items that I plan to resale.

It was a lot of work and very stressful.My other daughter was there for me and hugged me and told me it would be alright.

and after all that work my room is well organized.
Only now I can't find anything :o)

I am very proud of what I accomplished.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Pictures of Baby Bella B on flickr.

Check out my pics from my 40th birthday party

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Hello everyone. Meet my new granddaughter Arabella Anastasia (Bella)
She made her Birthdate March 7th
she was born at 5:24 am
and she weighed 6 lbs 14 oz
Welcome to the world little Bella Boo

Saturday, February 28, 2009

This Snail Zippy Bag is my newest listing in my Etsy shop.It was really fun to make.It turned out so CUTE.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Observation by Sela age 8

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


My newest creation...... bag tags. I decided to make some of my little characters into these adorable bag tags. I love how they turned out and I think they will make a nice addition to a Mary Moon orginal bag!
I made wonderful whale bag tags to.