Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Tourist Town






Boy, Lunenburg is like a whole new town come May. Suddenly the streets are filled with tourists from all over. I love it. In the winter there is a really great small community centred around the daily trip to pick up the mail from the post office and then WHAM! Suddenly, it's a bustling little hub. All the shops that closed for the winter are now open as are the restaurants. Today the tall ship, The Picton Castle arrived in the harbour. It was quite the event. There are several ships that call Lunenburg home. The Picton has been gone for one year, touring the Atlantic ocean with stops in the Netherlands and in Africa. With all this festivity around us we find ourselves making too frequent trips to our local ice cream shop. We bumped into our little buddy Ethan there. He was being transported on the back of his Dad's bike carrying some very important goods. Ethan is one of my favourite Lunenburg babies. He speaks in the most passionate grunts accented with points of his index finger. With the warm weather we have been having and all these festivities I have been a little challenged to do any work. I did get a new hat designed, though. This was a request for a fun pretty turban that came from The Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. My initial reaction was, "Not a Turban." But then I decided to take it on as a challenge. Turbans have always made me thing of Carol Burnett doing her Nora Desmond, Nora Desmond act, which was actually very forming to my personality, but this is not the way I would want a woman to look who is undergoing chemotherapy treatment. So, I think I met the challenge and came up with a turban that is fun, whimsical and flattering. There are so many ways to wear this hat. And her name of course is Matta Hari.

7 comments:

aliceinparis said...

Your hats are so wonderful. I think a line of "turbans" is a terrific idea! It is hard for women going through chemo to feel good about themselves with all that happens. One of your hats would go a long way to perking someone up. Maybe you could try some in a lightweight fabric, my friend went through the horrible process and found that her hat was too hot at times.
I'll be in Lunenburg this summer too. Another tourist:)

Mickey Johnson said...

...i am affraid we have been a part of that tourist group to lunenburg. we went out on a lobster ride...which i highly recommend as it is very educational and i think dusty would love it. anyway, the town is gorgeous and now i'm jealous again!!! i love the turban and what a worthy cause to create. you took something average and made it extradordinary...but i would expect nothing less from you my creative friend. breathe in the salt air for me. xo, mickey

Bella Dreams said...

I just happened upon your blog through a Fanciful Twist. Your hats are fabulous! I had cancer in 2007 and fortunatly did not have to have chemo. I would think that something so beautiful would certainly make almost any woman feel better. As for myself, I would love one just as a piece of art. They are so beautiful. I will pass your link along on my blog!

allison strine said...

I had to google Lunenburg, 'cause I didn't know the town, and now I want to live there! What a neat story...

The turban idea is awesome!

Sabii Wabii said...

I love the soft wool style! I bet you'rr going to have a great hat for the tea party! I began the party early. Stop by if you get a chance.
Terisa... always running with scissors.

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What a lovely hat..

korkekork said...

hi;
your "Matthari designs" are really so beautiful! also the others.. you are so creative. BRAVA! i will follow your next designs impatiently ;)