Thursday, August 22, 2013

New Products

Two Aprons previously available have sold. However, I can customize an apron for you.

Includes "Sock Monkey" fabric

Add caption

I'm  still here.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

UPDATE/"de train! de train!"

      ♪ ♫....."And with all of his strength
       he gave a mighty shove.
           Then a miner yelled out
         "There's a light up above!" "
                                                     ---Jimmy Dean--- 


"There's a Light at the end of the tunnel, and it ain't a train!"                    
                --Ann Marie--

(OK, so I couldn't find a picture of a train, but this one fits, too.)

It has been a long year for me. For over a year I have been told my husband is terminally ill. "My" life has been a roller coaster of crises, but how to share with you my perspective without whining? How about some cheese, crackers & chocolate to go with the wine? (As tempting as it is to get very drunk and stay that way, it doesn't help much. I've tried.)

My story is who I am. This blog is for my sewing business, but also about me. I alone am ANN MARIE CUSTOM SEWING. Bear with me.  Perhaps you need inspiration yourself? Perhaps you are only curious?  That's ok.  I need to express myself.  I do realize my problems are not unique.  Nor am I asking for your sympathy. Being pitied is nearly unbearable.  I am so weary of being the drama queen, but I cannot help myself from frequently sharing with anyone kind enough to listen.

I must say here and now, that hospice workers are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met. Love and care are the heart of those who provide hospice services. THANK YOU to Agnesian Home Hospice and the Hospice Home of Hope. Words are inadequate to express my appreciation of these beautiful people. 

What is my point? you wonder.

The point is about my conscious choice to have faith. Certainly, I could resign myself to accept the inevitable outcome in a somewhat "what-EV-er!" attitude. But, it goes beyond that. I have naturally experienced the gamut of emotions throughout these many months of drama. Yet I am constantly reminded of the loving presence and care of the Lord. That is the inevitable. I cannot run from Him.

My husband is on several medications to help with his anxious emotional state, but many times he resists the effects of those medications UNTIL we pray, or read something inspirational.

What will happen "tomorrow"? I do not know. I have these blinders that only allow me to see what I need to in the moment. I can do "today". God has my tomorrows. In realistic terms (my awareness of the things I cannot dwell on for now) my future is bleak.

I have to selectively limit my availibility to work, but can still sew for you. Call to inquire. (920-238-7862)

Thanks for listening.

NOTE: I have deleted the post with directions and pictures of the studio, as we have had to move.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Please Note

The best way to reach me is by phone.

(920) 238-7862

I cannot promise to spot your e-mail, or posts online in a timely manner.

---Thanks (done venting now)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Calligraphy Samples

Lately, I have been thinking about my many talents, and how to put them to use. I have dabbled with so many creative pursuits all in learning techniques and tricks, and I just wonder what for at times. I guess that is true for all artists, maybe. In my home, I am surrounded by things I have made.

I think the thing is...that I find enjoyment in creating things from scratch. I am still trying to figure out the things I enjoy most. These days it has been calligraphy.

I am a self-taught with over 20 years experience.  Recently, I completed a job for a bride & groom hand-lettering their wedding invitation envelope sets, and place cards. So I felt like sharing this skill with you.

Being able to look at a finished project, and see the quality gives great satisfaction.

Here is a little of my freehand lettering:
(I realize I didn't get the lines very straight) 

Here is today's password:

"human, forgive"
G-mail me to enter the raffle to be drawn on 11/11/11:

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sample jobs (completed mid-June 2011)

 Patio Glider Awning BEFORE

Patio Glider underside BEFORE


Glider Awning underside AFTER

Glider Awning AFTER

Reinforcement added at location of hardware

Hardware Location Markings for client

Detail of corner "pocket"


Inside Detail

Knee Worn out, & repaired

Back of pants leg torn, & Repaired

Custom Sundress:

Neckline accent is a vintage lace bordered hankie

Back of Sun Dress


I got tired of moving my pincushion to where I was working. Now the pins can be handier.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


If you need to hire me, the best thing to do is call (920) 238-7862. If you are located too far away to come over, we can work out some shipping arrangement. The key is to call and talk to me.

My business e-mail is

or look for me as Ann Alonzo on Facebook. I also have a sub-page on facebook, entitled Ann Marie Custom Sewing, as I have recently discovered there are dozens of other Ann Alonzos with facebook accounts.

If none of the above is suitable for you, just google "Ann Marie Custom Sewing".

P.S.  Keep watching for more details about a free gift for visiting my page. For now, any customer who mentions it, I give a 10% discount.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Samples of my sewing projects

Say Hello, Mr. Ruffles


Oh, This is so embarassing!

Sorry, that was my last piece of Little Kitty fleece...
and these are MINE :)

shortening the hem and redistributing the tucking

one of a kind, pockets inside

sold already, but I can do another for you

Gardeners Tote, donated
Made from Plarn (plastic yarn)
upcycled materials