Monday, April 27, 2009

A Breath

Ahhhh.. Just finished my winter samples and shipped them off to my sales rep, Doreen. (Hi Doreen) I know this sense of completion is always fleeting, but I am going to enjoy it for atleast a few hours. Life has been a real whirl wind. Dusty and I went to Toronto for a couple of days to visit my family. We had a great visit. I am posting some photos of our trip to the R.O.M with my Dad, where Dusty successfully got to see a Mummy, his latest obsession since discovering Scooby Doo. We also went to Trinity Park with my friend Andrea which is so fun for us because a city playground seems so exotic , with kids everywhere. The flight over was one of the highlights of the trip because Dusty was just thrilled at everything from The Luggage on the conveyor belt to the taxi ride to my parents. He asked the taxi driver, "Excuse me, Sir, do you have any tunnels in this town?" It really is fun to see things through the eyes of a child. Last week was Dusty's 5th Birthday. His birthday was on the 22nd, which I celebrated by putting work on hold and spending the morning making Penguin cupcakes for his class. I got this idea from my friend Ursina. You ice the cupcakes with white frosting, cut up some chocolate cookies for the head and wings, use apricots for the beak and feet and M&M's for the eyes. It was a lot more work than I guessed, but worth it to see a bunch of 4 and 5 year olds waddling around because they had just eaten penguins. Then last Saturday came the mega birthday party which I had not meant to be mega, but somehow turned out that way. It was a lot of fun, though, with plenty of sugar for the kids and alcohol for the parents. I'm so glad it's over. So, now I am going to clean my disgrace of a studio, finish a couple of orders and try to do nothing for a few days before getting back into the race. I'm posting a photo of the view from our house. Yes that is the Atlantic ocean you see in the distance. And not that anyone wants to think of next winter, but here's a little sneak preview of one of my new creations, Esther. She is named after Esther Williams the synchronized swimmer. Originally the hat was meant to be a fleece spin on an old fashioned bathing cap, but it was too funny to put out into the world in any way, but an April fool's joke. It evolved into a much more wearable hat. Until Next Time... Happy Hatting!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My Crazy Biker Boy

Happy April everyone, We are beginning the countdown to Dusty's fifth birthday. Twenty one days to go. Being five means riding a bike. We have pulled Dusty's out of the basement. Tony tied a strap around it and we drag him everywhere. He pedals when we are going down hill. We have now discovered that we can actually go for long walks again as Dusty is quite happy on his little bike. We went to Stonehurst which is just a few minutes from us. At the very tip is this foot bridge which leads out to a tiny island with a few homes on it and several outhouses. The rocks are amazing. It was low tide so Dusty decided to save all the snails clinging to the rocks by throwing them back into the ocean. He was a little man on a mission. As you can see in the photo, Tony had a mission of his own. I just finished an order for Trove in Toronto. Looks like a great store. If you are in the Toronto area go check them out. It was so nice to have a wall full of vintage hanky hats. But, alas, they are in transit to the big city. Oh well, all the more reason to replenish my stock of vintage hankies. Really, the hunt for these treasures is half the fun. In the end it's all about going shopping.