Monday, March 23, 2009

Star Struck



I just have to get to the point here. Courtney Love bought two hats from me on etsy yesterday. Kind of crazy, right? I always thought I'd act sort of grown up if anything like that ever happened to me, but let me tell you, you discover who you really are in these situations. I'm as shallow as the next guy. I'm running all over the place just blathering..A star, a star, a star. Pathetic, but fun. These are the hats she bought. I need everyone on the lookout for future photos of Courtney wearing one. I promise I won't forget you.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Spring Wind





I find myself humming, "The Spring Wind blew my list of things to do away.." By Greg Brown. It's a beautiful song. Definitely feeling that way these days. Although it is still cool, the days have been glorious, it's bright out at 7 p.m and I just want to play with Dusty at the playground. I have about a two hour attention span for work and then I need to head to the post office to check the mail or buy milk. Last Sunday we went to Peggy's Cove which is only about an hour from us. I had resisted going there because it sounded too touristy, but we had the great fortune of seeing it off season. It's unbelievable. I'm not even gong to attempt to describe it. Hopefully these photos will do it some justice. I have really started to enjoy my life again since deciding to take Sundays off. Highly recommend it. As for hat life, I am busy working on a wholesale order with twenty five of these vintage hanky hats. Can't wait to see them all done. Until Next Time....Happy Hatting

Friday, March 13, 2009

Fascinating



In general I try, when designing my hats, to create styles that are flattering, functional and easy to wear. It's so rewarding to make a hat from polar fleece that is warm and cozy, but looks like something from the roaring twenties or to add a dash of whimsy to a practical straw hat that protects from the sun. That said I have designed my most useless hat to date. These are called fascinators. They are little head pieces that have no practical use whatsoever other than to add a little fun and beauty into our lives. They are mounted on a headband that I have wrapped with grosgrain ribbon. They are made with seagrass straw and adorned with one of my new vintage hanky flowers so each one is a one of a kind creation. A little aside, but for labeling in Canada everything needs to be in both french and english. I was a little disappointed to find out that seagrass in french is called plancton vegetal. Usually everything sounds so romantic in french, but in this case english wins. Seagrass, which really does grow in the sea makes me think of fields of swaying grass. Plancton vegetal conjures up images of rotting sea scum. Oh well, what are you gonna do? It actually has the sweetest smell. I call this hat the Lilly Pad hat. All it needs is a little frog, but my artistic abilities are limited and my frog is not yet recognizable as a frog. I'll keep working on it.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A day Off







I recently had to fill out a form for one of my stores listing my suppliers, what their fair labour practices are and describing my own working standards. I was so proud of the fact that almost all my supplies are made in North America by ethical companies and that when I do hire help, I pay a fare wage and try so hard to treat my help well. There was only one exception. I discovered that I am a slave labourer. I work ridiculous hours, don't get enough breaks, rarely see the light of day, and am rude to myself. So, I formed a union. (I'm the only member) I now get Sundays off. This is my second one. Blogging is permissable on Sundays. Last Sunday was glorious. I remembered why I was alive. We went to one of Nova Scotia's beautiful beaches. This one is called Risser's and is 20 minutes from us on the other side of the LaHave River. Although you can drive, we took the ferry. It runs every five minutes and costs a whopping $5. If you buy a book it comes out to $1.80 per ride. Dusty was in his glory. After running like puppies on the beach, we went to one of our favourite cafes, The LaHave bakery. This place is unbelievable. They use all local ingredients. Upstairs in the attic the son of the owner builds skate boards and they have a skate board run. It's a total scene. Today Dusty has a friend over so I am having a great time putting my clothes away. Really, this is fun for me. I'm also paying attention to my child. How novel. It's so nice to have one day a week where there is no conflict. Until Next Time, Happy Hatting