Dianne Hadaway * Mama's Pocketbook
It all started with a love for sewing.
I was practically born with a needle and thread in my hand!
My lovely mama, Tommie Jean, taught me basic embroidery
stitches at age four. By age eight, I was making my own clothes.
I have sewn everything from aprons to draperies to wedding
gowns over the years!
My dear Mama passed away when I was 14, but when I am sewing
and creating, she is always with me. Mama's Pocketbook is
dedicated to her and all that I do is inspired by her and
the creative gifts she shared and inspired me to develop.
I can still feel her poking me in the shoulders and telling
me to sit up straight as she inspects my seams! Thanks Mama!
I tried my hand at making fabric purses in 2002 after
a friend saw a fabric purse at a fall festival that she loved,
but being the mother of four kids she wouldn't indulge herself
that purchase. So, I surprised her by making a fabric purse
for her of my own design in her favorite colors. It was so
much fun and I was hooked. I started making purses for myself
and my daughter, and more friends and soon I was getting orders
from referrals all over town.
In May 2006, I decided to create
my business of purse-making and sewing other fun accessories
and soft home furnishings. I named my new venture "Mama's
Pocketbook" to honor my mother, and because of my early fascination
with my own mama's pocketbooks. I think every child is enchanted
with the contents of her mother's purse. My mother's pocketbook
always held small treasures and I loved the potpourri of scents
... the spearment gum, her Wind Song perfume and even the
smeall of her Salem cigarettes, all that wafted from within
whenever I would sneak my little hand in to grab a stick of
gum or to snag a dime.
My daughter, Lauren, also inspired the name
Mama's Pocketbook. She has always been my natural marketing
genius! She used to love to tell people that I made my own
pocketbooks and gush "Don't you LOVE my Mama's pocketbook?
It's so cute! My mama made it, she makes all kinds of pocketbooks!"
(heh, SHE's so cute!) So the name was perfect!
Floral, Shabby Chic... All Things Pretty!
I still have some of the fabrics my mother collected
and they are still stored beautifully in her antique
cedar chest. These fabrics have always inspired me.
I love working with vintage and current floral decorator
fabrics and I'm always on the lookout for beautiful
vintage fabrics to add to my collection and for my one-of-a-kind
and limited edition pocketbooks. Almost every item I
make incorporates a bit of my vintage fabric or unique
fabrics from quilts, and linens, mixed with current
decorator florals, stripes, damasks, and other texturally
interesting materials. Each and every one of my designs
is individually handcrafted by me in my smoke-free,
pet-free in-home studio.
I enjoy contrasting vintage and new fabrics and adding
trims, embroidery, beads, buttons, tassels, flowers,
jewelry and other findings to create a uniquely feminine
look and feel with practical usability. I add function
and style with multiple pockets, magnetic key fobs,
and other options that help keep everything organized
You'll love the quality and workmanship I put into
everything I make. I meticulously construct my pocketbooks with layers
of fleece and flannel interfacings for stabilty, shape
and strength. Mama's Pocketbooks are made to be used
often and for years to come!
Our Growth - What an
Since I started Mama's Pocketbook in back in May 2006, it's
been as if a force of nature took over my life! I love being
creative, I love my work and can't wait to get to it every
chance I get, for as long as possible, I'm often designing
and sewing well into the night!
I have had so much fun stretching myself, pushing out of
my comfort zone and really figuring out what I want from this
business and how I want it to grow. One big thing I've learned
is that it pays to take chances ... to be bold and put myself
out there in ways I never imagined I could.
Spring 2007- Mama's Pocketbook won the MSN Business Breakthrough
Challenge II finance division business makeover award! MSN
provided Mama's Pocketbook with a $10,000 custom business
solution that helped me take my business to the next level.
August 2007- Added Amy Butler products including
fabric by the yard, ready-made Amy Butler purses, and sewing
patterns, and in 2008 I began creating our very popular purse
making kits with Amy's patterns and fabrics!
March 2008 - I was seleted to participate in
Country Living Magazine's event "Pitch Your Product".
It was a thrill to travel to Chicago and be among those honored
with this wonderful opportunity and learning experience. It
was highly motivating and I met and formed lasting friendships
with many amazing, creative women
2009 - 2010 proved to be a challenging years
for everyone in business. Somehow we weathered the beginnings
of the economic crisis. Thanks to our wonderful, loyal customers
things continued to stay afloat here at Mama's Pocketbook.
2011 - 2014 brought personal life changes and
challenges that impacted my overall productivity and rendered
a whole new path for me and my children. Looking back the
changes became blessings. The storms revealed new paths and
strengths. Reluctantly I had to take a break from creating
for a while, but I managed to keep Mama's Pocketbook alive
while I went to work in June of 2011 for Jo-Ann Fabrics and
Crafts as the Education Coordinator in the Gainesville, GA
Present - I love working at Jo-Ann's and after
putting my life back together and being blessed with the love
and support of my husband, Kim, we now live, love and work
in Columbus, GA. I am happy in every way and amazed at how
God moves in my life to guide me to bigger and better ways
of living, giving, loving, and creating. I enjoy my work at
JoAnn Fabrics here in Columbus, and am thrilled to be focusing
once again on building the Mama's Pocketbook brand and with
bringing you our new brand called Prissy Gypsy!
Thanks for reading my bio. Please visit
our blog Mama's
Pocketbook Blog and our Etsy shops Mama's Pocketbook Etsy Shop
and at Prissy Gypsy Etsy Shop and
on our Facebook Page at Mama's Pocketbook Facebook Please say hello - I love comments!
I praise God, My Heavenly Father, for the constant abundance
of gifts and blessings my family and I receive.
I'm very blessed and when you buy one of my purses or other
creations, you will be receiving a part of the joy and love
that is all around me. I bless every item I make with special
prayers for the receiver!
I am so thankful for my family, my fiance Kim supports me
in every way and we are blessed with our blended family of
2 sons and 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren whom we adore and
our 3 dogs who are the most spoiled dogs ever!
My life is a rich tapestry woven with work that revolves
around the things I love most - family, home, creating, sewing,
painting, decorating and dreaming
Thank you for indulging me the chance to say how I got here,
but enough about me now! I hope you will find something here
that excites you and speaks to your soul. If you do, snag
it while you can! (GRIN)
Thank you to all my wonderful customers and visitors and
to my followers on Facebook and Pinterest! I love and appreciate
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