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!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Her Majesty, The CBC and me

O.K, Here's the scoop. On Tuesday I got an e-mail from Colleen Jones at the CBC. The queen is visiting Canada on June 28th. She will begin her tour here in Nova Scotia. In honour of her visit the National news is going to do a little piece on hats. So, Colleen googled hats and Nova Scotia and guess whose blog came up? The short of it is that on Monday morning, the CBC will be arriving at my little ramshackle home studio to film and interview me and hear my humble opinion about the queen and hats.
The whole thing is quite surreal. When I was reading the e-mail I happened to have Dusty home from school sick that day. I had made him muffins and being the bad mommy that I am I refused to allow him a fourth muffin. So, there I am reading this rather significant news while wrestling a muffin tray out of Dusty's little hands. Nothing can keep you real like a child.
This upcoming interview, it turns out, was just the thing I needed to clean my studio. I have begged them to not film the laundry and lego on the way up to the studio. They have given me their word. If anyone knows a prayer for nervous wrecks please say it for me. I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


I seem to be getting into crazy busy mode again. It's all good, but I tend to become a wee bit panicked at times. (read anxiety attacks) Somehow I always get everything done, but if anyone knows a good method of getting from point A to point B while still breathing please let me know. Today was the Hubbard's market. I'm there every other Saturday. It was really fun and once again managed to sell lots of hats to lots of adorable women. Fortunately, this lady took my advice and chose the one you see on her head. It was just too perfect for her. The hankie that I used for this flower was one of my favourites. It reminded me of a fourth of July picnic.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Lupine Love

When we lived in NY state I purchased some unknown to me flower called a Lupine. I never did get the thing to grow. My neighbour had a few in her garden that she prized and protected. Then we moved to Nova Scotia. One day I took a walk on the back harbour trail and Kaboom! The whole place was covered in pink, purple and white Lupines. It's truly a site to see. They look like the most exotic flower, but they grow like weeds. I even see little plants that have self seeded growing in my flower boxes. They are the floral gift to northern climates. Seeing the Lupines in bloom is worth a trip to Nova Scotia. Hope you enjoy.