Tuesday, December 28, 2010

April in Blue

I had the honour of making this blue merino felt hat for my favourite neighbour's daughter in law. It's the same as the yellow hat from the last post. I couldn't have a lovelier model.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Grand Finale

Saturday was my last market of the season and it was truly grand. It felt like the finale of a fabulous fireworks display. I sold some of my all time favourite hats and it seemed like they were made only for these customers. I love to look at these photos and see the diversity of beauty in the women who buy my hats. Please check out my incredible artist friend Sheilagh's blog, Alice in Paris Loves Art and Tea by clicking here. She took some really nice photos of me and my hats at the market.
And now I will take a much deserved break. I will be sewing, but this time it's for my boys. Happy Holidays Everyone and thanks to all my wonderful customers for allowing me to do what I love best.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Organic dog Food.....Really?

I am a walking target market. My shopping cart is always filled with organic junk food, any product that looks like it might heal our lives and yes, organic dog food with no corn, soy, sugar, wheat or GMO's added. I'm starting to wonder, though.

Yesterday was a classic example of my puppy's diet. At the park he got hold of a discarded lobster shell and poop from an unknown animal. (Sorry, for the sake of the point the details can't be spared.) He came home and washed it down with a mild solution of water and lead paint and maybe some T.S.P. (We are painting the bathroom.) For desert he had a nice chunk of polar fleece, which I got to see again this morning in a different form.

Maybe if I put the corn, soy, wheat, sugar and GMOs back in his diet he won't feel the need to supplement with poop, fabric, dirty kleenex and lego blocks. I don't know...What do you think?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

My favourite Sale

Not to say that all my hat sales are not my favourite, but every once in a while there is the perfect union between hat and head that feels like divine intervention. Today was the Hubbard's Christmas Market and this lovely tall and stylish lady came up to me and said how she really wanted to wear hats, but somehow didn't. I had just made one of my wet feted merino hats this week. They are so time consuming that I rarely repeat one. Somehow by the time I get around to making another one I just need to try something new. This one was inspired by my friend Svenja's fabulous flower arrangements. Svenja is always combining purple, orange and green. It's so fun and it's something that never would have occured to me without staring at her beautiful flowers at all the market. You don't get to stare long because she is usually sold out before I can finish setting up my hats. Anyways, this hat was called garden dreams and along comes Lin. I new this was her hat and now I just needed to convince her of this. Honestly, it took about an hour, but it was worth it. I felt like I would cry if she left without the hat. She actually did leave, but came back. That was really fun. I've been so crazy busy, but hopefully I will have some time this week to do a little more felting for my last show of the season at the Halifax Seaport Market. Happy Hatting, Anna

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Stop on by

Hi Everyone, It's Christmas market time. This Saturday I'll be at the Halifax Seaport Market from 7am till 4 pm. The following Saturday I will be at the Hubbard's Barn from 8-12 and the following Saturday back at the Seaport Market. If anyone is feeling sympathy for me about my early rising time I do appreciate it. It's so difficult to convince people that I really am a princess when I am on the road at 4:30 am and hauling boxes at 6am. Maybe next life. Here are some photos of my booth from last Saturday at the Hubbard's Christmas Market. You just never know what ingenious gift you will find at a farmers' market. I was set up next to Julia of Funky Monkey who sell these amazing sock monkey kits for the future crafters of Canada. She also does sock monkey birthday parties where all the kids get to make a sock monkey. Wouldn't work for my little warrior child, but I could think of a lot of kids that would just love this. You can contact her at thefunkymonkey@live.ca. Hope to see you at the market.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Our vanishing Puppy

This is what happened when I turned my back for one minute. Fear not, Doggy was rescued from six year old tyranny.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Come One Come All

You have got to check this place out. Yesterday My boys and myself trekked into Halifax to sell my wares at the new Halifax Seaport Market. It was phenomenal in every way. I sold many hats which was very exciting and fun, but just to see this place was incredible. The building is huge and open with great big windows that look out onto Halifax Harbour. It has a beautiful mezzanine and a roof top that you can walk out onto. It is powered by windmills and the toilets are flushed by rainwater from the roof. There is every possible local goody imaginable to be had. I thought Dusty might help me out a bit, but he kept telling customers that the hats were $200 because that is the price of some Lego set which he has his eye on. I will definitely go back before Christmas. I wouldn't want to leave Lunenburg, but I wish we could pick the town up and move it 50 km. east.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Halifax Bound

Tomorrow morning I am heading to the new Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market to sell my wares. Very excited to see this fabulous new building and be surrounded by all kinds of local gourmet goodies. Not quite as excited to be on the road at 4:30a.m, but for this I have recruited my most wonderful husband/chauffeur. Poor little Dusty will be snatched from his bed and plopped into his car seat. Please pray that he stays asleep.
If you are in the Halifax area please come see me. The market runs from 7am to 4pm.

Monday, November 8, 2010

My Sumo Wrestler

You just can't make this stuff up. Yesterday our son Dusty decided out of the blue that he would really like to be a sumo wrestler. He has the word a little confused and calls it souvenir wrestling. He assures us not for real when he grows up because they have some bad rules like they are allowed to punch in the stomach and choke and he does not want to be punched or choked by the other guy. None the less, in the last 24 hours he has taken it up as a serious hobby. Myself, Tony and the dog find ourselves ambushed when we least expect it. He INSISTED that I rig him up this costume so that he could really get into it. Life is just full of surprises.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Perfect Wife

The perfect wife. That's me. It didn't used to be this way. In fact up until a couple of weeks ago I might have been voted world's worst wife, but not anymore. Nuh uh. It's all changed now. You see, this running my own business thing while being mom to an energetic six year old boy has sort of taken over everything. Particularly during my busy season, I find I just work all day, spend time with Dusty, inhale whatever dinner Tony has lovingly prepared, put Dusty to bed and then back to work. Where is Tony in this equation. The answer is either nowhere or silent servant.

So, now add puppy to the equation and you can imagine that Tony had some real fears of being the lowest rung on the ladder, beneath dog. I decided to take some positive action. The answer was right in front of my eyes. Simple remedy for a neglected husband. Cook. Food is very important to Tony. He thinks about dinner when he wakes up and breakfast as he goes to sleep. By the looks of him I believe he was born this way. I actually like to cook. I just forgot that about myself. I came to the conclusion that if I can't put dinner on the table then what's it all about. For a few days I went into extremist mode and cooked, washed the dishes and did the shopping. Tony just silently shook his head, tried to argue and then realized it was fruitless. Things have balanced out some. I'm not batting 100, but maybe 80.

Served here are sweet potato pancakes, yellow beets with goat cheese and local brussel sprouts. Here's the recipe for the sweet potato pancakes which we eat with apple sauce and sour cream. Bon Appetit !

2 cups mashed sweet potato, 4 tsps, flour, 1 tsp curry powder, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 2 eggs, half an onion chopped fine, salt and pepper.

Just shmush it all together and refrigerate for an hour. Then form into pancakes and fry them up in a bit of oil or butter or a mixture of the two. I recommend medium heat and give them a few minutes on each side. Keep them warm in the oven as you prepare the rest.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


I have found the restaurant of my dreams and it's just down the street. It comes fully equipped with delicious and healthy food, the nicest owners and waitress who treat their customers unbelievably well and best of all a beautiful five year old girl (daughter of the owners) who Dusty adores. Dusty and Lorelei head off to play with Lorelei's toys and Mama gets to actually sit and drink coffee while sewing a flower for my Madeline headbands. I think it has been seven years since I sat peacefully in a cafe. I can't recommend this place enough. Everything is fresh and delicious, they are super kid friendly, they have great prices and they are full of fun ideas, including live music and old movies for the winter. They are open every day except Wednesday. Right now they are open for breakfast and lunch, but soon they will be adding dinner. Check them out at 139 Montague st. in Lunenburg.

Friday, September 24, 2010

A Dog Named Lego

So what's a Mama to do when she is so busy filling wholesale orders, doing farmers' markets, taking care of a six year old boy and ignoring her husband and housework? Why, get a puppy, of course. I won't begrudge anyone who thinks I'm an utter lunatic, but I have to say I have never been happier. Lego the dog, named by Dusty, is the most wonderful happy go lucky little mutt I have ever met and best of all he matches our kitchen floor.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wishing for a Hurricane

It is brutally hot here right now. I am a barely functioning human being. The good news is that a hurricane is on the way this Saturday. Today was farmers market day and thankfully we brought the show indoors. I came home to this wonderful e-mail from a customer from Massachusetts who featured one of my hats on her blog. This is her adorable daughter, Ruby, modeling the Lana Straw hat. I love learning about what people do. Particularly other women that run their own business. Check out Nina's blog by clicking here. If I lived in Massachusetts (again) I would be heading to one of her workshops.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Oh, Right... The Beach.

I am ashamed to admit that yesterday was our first time at the beach this summer. I have lots of excuses, but I'll spare you. After hearing report after report from friends who said you could actually go in the water, we packed up the car and went to hang out with friends at one of Nova Scotia's most beautiful beaches- Risser's.
Indeed, the water was by these standards warm and we had a blast jumping in the waves and Boogie boarding. So nice to get out of my polar fleece life sometimes.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Bathing Caps and Bathing Beauties

The mornings are now chilly here in Nova Scotia. It still warms up pretty quickly, but summer's days are numbered. My table at the farmers' market is now filled mostly with fleece hats. Many of my new styles for 2010 were inspired by my friend Katja's bathing cap cosmetic bags. Check out her fabulous collection by clicking here

They really are incredible cosmetic bags. If like me you always manage to spill the conditioner or toothpaste while traveling, then this is the bag for you. Being a bathing cap, you just throw it in the sink and you are good to go. But I digress. The reason I'm showing you these bags is because after staring at them for a year I realized that the shape would make a great fleece hat. Then I got a little carried away and ended up with several versions. I couldn't pick a favourite child, so I just kept them all. You can pick your own favourite (or not), but I'm their mother and it wouldn't be right.

They are up on my website which you can see by clicking here as well as on my etsy site which you can see by clicking here.
That's really enough about winter hats. With about three weeks left till the first day of school we headed once again to our new favourite spot, Beck's Lake. If you live around here and want to know how to get there just ask. It's the main teenage hangout, but those big kids can be quite inspiring to my little kid.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer. We're definitely enjoying ours.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My Guy

This is my guy and this is what he does. Every waking, breathing moment. Lego, lego, lego. Other than finding it between my toes and up my nose, it is the best toy in the world.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

See How My Garden Grows

I am successfully neglecting every plant that I have managed to plant this season. These ones are a little harder to kill. They are all part of headbands and hats headed for Jane's Fashions at 44 Ontario st. in Stratford, Ontario

Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Big Ex Revisited

It's that time of year again. The Big Ex is in town. There was no earthly way to avoid it. Although we went on Tuesday it has taken me until today (Saturday) to be able to write about it. That's because my son had that kind of impressive kicking and screaming meltdown in the middle of the busy fairgrounds, just outside the bumper cars that caused me to step away from him and inquire to passersby if anyone knew whose kid that was.
Once we got some food in his tummy he did calm down and really had a great time. Poor mommy and daddy were a little shell shocked, though. I know, one day we'll laugh about this or miss it or something like that. So, little six year old Dusty went on every ride that he was tall enough to go on. Surprisingly, they are allowed to go on some pretty scary rides. Tony is 3 from the left and Dusty is right next to him in the 4th spot. Wasn't sure by his expression how much he was enjoying the full tilt experience, but he said he did. The thing that most impressed me was this bird in the poultry exhibit. The photo does not do it justice. The feathers were light pink with these powder blue feathers on its head. Looked like a hat to me, but then again most things look like a hat to me.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The CBC Interview

O.K, My technological skills are really being tested. It took about a month, but I finally figured out how to convert the DVD of my CBC interview for the internet. Just a refresher- Queen Elizabeth visited Canada, beginning her visit in Nova Scotia and the CBC contacted me to do an interview about hats in her honour. I was a major stress case, but I pulled it together and managed to get all the lego off the floor. Hope this works.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Lilly's Hat

Here's one of my favourite little girls in her new hat. Lilly and Dusty have been friends since we moved to town a couple of years ago. She's pretty comfortable here. She has often asked me for a hat, but she has her very own strong artistic vision and you just never know if you're going to get it right. So, last Thursday we did this one together. She chose the flower, ribbon and type of straw and was very adamant that it looked like a girl's version of Dusty's hat. Lucky for me Lilly's Dad, Jason, is a super talented professional photographer, so I scored these amazing photos. Check out Jason's web site by clicking here if you are in need of a wedding photographer. If any other big or little girl needs this hat as well then just click here.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Queen and Baby ducklings

What a whirlwind of a week. The CBC did come to my house on Monday to interview me. I would say I was sickly nervous for a few days prior, but when I woke up Monday morning I just calmed down and went into performance mode. Colleen Jones was really fun. She is something of a force of nature with so much exuberance and energy that it is plain to see how she got the job she has as a CBC anchor and is also a former world champion curler. So, It was Colleen and a camera man for about 45 minutes and really we just played hat shop which is what I do best. I did see the clip yesterday on our local Nova Scotia news and they did a great job. I'm on for less than a minute, but they were really kind to me with promotion. It will air on the national news on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. They weren't able to pinpoint a time, though. Hopefully it will end up on the web site and I'll post a link.
The Saturday and Sunday before the interview we had my very good friends Anna and Roland visiting from Massachusetts. Anna Vojtech is an amazing illustrator and artist. Check out her web site by clicking here. We went swimming at our local lake and there was a very calm Mama duck with 11 ducklings just hanging out. They had no fear of Dusty (not really great judgement) and allowed him to approach within a couple of feet. Such a nice diversion from thoughts of Royalty and television interviews and messy homes.
Yesterday moring I woke up to a panicked e-mail from a woman in Halifax who was invited to have lunch with the queen this coming Tuesday and desperately needed a hat. I quickly made her one of my Lilly Pad Fascinators for the occasion. It was great fun making it knowing that my hat was going to lunch with the queen. If you also need the same hat for a lunch date with the queen click here.
And now for the next 3 days I will do nothing but complete the wholesale order for Beauchapeau Hat Shop in Niagara on Lake. They have been very patient with me. Until next time....Happy Hatting!