Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Customer of the Year

Things are calming down around here. I am now finishing up some small, manageable orders and going into hyper mommy mode. My evenings are spent making a dragon costume for Dusty. Oh, sorry, that's FIRE BREATHING DRAGON costume. The tail is really impressive. Now that I actually have time to think I have started thinking. My thoughts keep going back to what I would have to say was my favourite customer this year. I do appreciate all my customers, but I met Carol selling outside of Bus Stop in Marblehead, MA. She is a very beautiful older woman with the brightest eyes. She tried on one of my travel hats and asked me how much it was. I told her $85. She said, Oh I love it, but I'm 91 years old and that's a little much to pay for with social security benefits. I said, O.K $50 and she bought the hat. She stood so tall and was so bright and positive. I asked her what her secret was (being a professional grump myself) and she told me I should read her book- Yoga in The Morning, Martini at Night. The title says it all. She walked away and fifteen minutes later came back to tell me how happy the hat made her. In that moment I knew why I made hats.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Front Page

Two nights ago I clicked on etsy to check in and there was my darling Priscilla fascinator on the front page. It's such a thrill. Feels like winning the lottery. The amazing thing was, though, that I had that day randomnly found this other talented milliner's blog. Her blog is called Glorious Hats. It was so cute that I left a comment. Turns out that she was the person who created the treasury on etsy that made it to the front page. Amazing when even the internet becomes a small world.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Light at the end of the Tunnel

I am actually seeing an end to the orders. Well, hopefully not the end end, but an end to the complete madness. I am really looking forward to cleaning my studio. I will have to photograph it before I do so that I can shatter any ideas of being a together person. Every time I move something falls on the floor. It's like a sign from above yelling at me to clean up this mess. There are tubs of hats everywhere. Ribbon and feathers all over the place and lists that I make and then lose. I am actually nearing the end of another box of labels. When I run out it means I have made another 1000 hats. I realize this is not a reliable inventory system, but it's the best I have right now. On Thursday I worked till 11 p.m. so that I would be able to go with my husband and child to Maine to visit Grammy. (Dusty's Grammy) It was great. Sometimes you just have to physically leave the chaos. I actually had 3 days without worrying. So, as you may have deduced, I have not had much time for photo taking. That's Dusty and Tony in the carriage. Dusty's friend Lilly had a birthday and the ride was the entertainment. The carriages ride through Lunenburg through the summer and fall.

Friday, October 2, 2009

LivingThrough the Hats

I often dream of travelling, but my life at this point is not conducive to hopping on a plane to Europe. It's hard enough to get Dusty to leave his house to go to the playground. When I finally make it to France I don't want any whining involved. I can wait, but until then I get to live through the hats. A few weeks ago one went to Italy. (Big sigh) And now another saw the streets of London. This one was chaperoned by the lovely Clare at her friend's wedding. Yep, I'm just a few steps behind them.