Saturday, May 29, 2010

Great Market Day

Today was Hubbard's Market Day. It is official that I will be there every alternate Saturday throughout the season. It was nice and warm today and the crowds came out to buy great veggies, plants, cupcakes,coffee, flowers, jewelry, aprons and ofcourse.....hats. My new Raffia Coffee hats were a hit and I sold two of the three that I had made this week. I have been thinking quite a bit about who is my target market. As you can see from the photos of some of the ladies that purchased hats from me today that there is no way to figure this one out. I didn't actually sell a hat to the bear, but she was very interested.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

More Coffee Hats

I have had a fun few days making coffee hats. It hadn't occur to me to trim a straw hat with the burlap, so when it finally clicked it was one of those "I could have had a v8" moments. Still trying to decide if I like the grey background or not. If you have an opinion please let me know. To view all the details of this hat click here

Monday, May 24, 2010

A Perfect Weekend

I was a bit panicked that Dusty had no school for 4 days in a row, I had no plans to speak of and Tony really needed the time to work on our house, but the very long weekend turned out to be completely perfect. On Thursday afternoon Dusty had a little class show of various fairy tales. I think even if you weren't a mom you would have to say it was totally adorable. Dusty was one of the three little pigs in "Les Trois Petits Cochons." That may have been type cast. He stopped several times during the performance to wave at me or pull up his underpants, but he never forget his next line.

Friday evening we had a bonfire on the beach. Dusty's first. We all gorged ourselves on Hotdogs, baked potatoes, marshmallows and music brought to us by our friend Michael. Not sure why it has taken us so long to do this, but we hope to make it a regular event.

Yesterday my friend Faye came with her two boys and we scootered around town and ate ice cream. Today Dusty's new buddy came by. Holden is four, but he and Dusty seem to share a brain. They are both obsessed with super heroes and play peacefully for hours on end. Dusty tells Holden what his next line should be and Holden performs beautifully. Holden is as hysterically polite as Dusty and it almost seems like a contest as to who can out excuse me the other. At some point today I ended up with four children and really it was quite fun. Now Dusty is over at Holden's house and there is peace in the land and a moment for Mama to blog.

I didn't do a stitch of work all weekend, the weather was perfect and I just got to enjoy being a mom without the conflicts of running a business. Life doesn't get better than this.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My new Raffia Hat

Here's one of my latest creations. She is named Rachel and just loves sipping tea in the garden after a long hard day of pulling up weeds. She is made from raffia straw, linen and a vintage handkerchief. As my old native New Orleans roommate used to say- first you decide what you want to wear, then you find somewhere to wear it to and then you find someone to take you there. You can find this hat in my etsy shop by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Behind Every Successful Hat Maker.....

Behind every successful hat maker is a genius graphic designer. In my case it's my super talented friend, Andrea Dixon. Our partnership started 25 years ago at Lennie's Whole Foods in Cabbagetown, Toronto when I was assigned the job of teaching the new girl how to use the cash register. She was a natural. A couple years later while I was off tripping the light fantastic in NYC, Andrea was busy raising two kids, Gabriel and Sally with hubby Doug and cleaning baby vomit off the staircase. I used to come home from NY and hang out with Andrea and family in this alternate universe. About 15 years later Tony, then baby Dusty and I paid Doug and Andrea a visit. They were hanging out in their yard, drinking a beer and their kids were off somewhere without them while Tony and I tried to keep Dusty from eating the house. Once again a visit to an alternate universe.

Over the years I have watched Andrea's talent take many forms. Back in her Baby Mama days it could be seen in the little details of her home and then I remember her telling me she was going to take a night course in this thing called Photoshop. Suddenly she was showing me all these adorable illustrations. Sometime soon after that came the first hang tags for my hats. Over the years she has done so many amazing postcards, tags, labels and my web site.

Often, the illustrations of the hats were so uniquely her own creations, so it was no surprise when less than a year ago, Andrea started designing a line of her own fascinators. Her model is that little baby, Sally that I loved to visit when I came home from NY. Check out Andrea's amazing new web site by clicking here. It's all about her new fashion designs, but she is still busy doing graphic design as well, so don't hesitate to contact her if you need her particular brand of adorableness for your projects. Also take a peek at my web site by clicking here to see more of her illustrations.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Caroline Ghetes Photography

At some point last year I was contacted by a wedding photographer, Caroline Ghetes, in Charlotte NC to see if I wouldn't mind lending her one of my fascinators in exchange for some professional photos. I checked out her web site and was pretty darn impressed. I just got the photos back yesterday. Almost can't believe it's my fascinator. Amazing what a good photographer and a beautiful model can do. Please check out Caroline"s web site by clicking here You can see my fascinator by clicking here

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sale, Sale, Sale

Hello everyone, From May 10- May 17 I will be having a sale in my etsy shop. I will take 20% off your total purchase. I will issue a refund through paypal within 24 hrs of receiving your order. Click here to check out my shop. This photo is of my new Jenny fedora hat. You actually get to see the whole hat in my etsy shop. I kind of debated whether this partial view was worthy of being shared with the world, but I think I like it. It's the result of trying to photograph myself and missing the mark a bit. Happy accident or photography disaster?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

a Day at the Market

It was the grand Opening of the Hubbard's market today. Hauled myself out of bed at 5:30 a.m. Not a pretty picture. Fortunately by the time I arrive at 7 to set up, I am verbal. Always so fun to have the ladies trying on hats. Sometimes, for newer designs it's great to be able to actually see them on customers. Luckily this gorgeous girl came and tried on my new fascinator hat a.k.a, Amelia Rose. Have my eye on some great high bush blueberry bushes for our not yet existent garden. The good news is they live for 75 years and the bad news is that you don't get fruit for 2 years. Now the trick will be to live as long as the bushes. If anyone out there has some suggestions for preparing the earth please let me know. Click here to see my fascinator hat on etsy

Thursday, May 6, 2010

To Market To Market

Today was the last day of the season for the indoor Lunenburg Farmers' market run by Deborah and Steve at their cafe on Lincoln st. That's the bad news. The good news is it's time for the summer market outside of the community centre on Thursdays from 8-12. That just means more of a good thing and in the sun (hopefully). Yours truly will be there with hats. I will also be at the Hubbard's market at the Hubbard's barn this Saturday and many more to come. Of course I hope everyone comes to buy a hat, but I think these photos should provide many more reasons to show up. It's all low fat. Really.