Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Castle For a Prince

Tony was inspired this year and made Dusty a castle bed for Christmas. The challenge- assemble it while Dusty is sleeping in our bed on Christmas eve and transfer the sleeping prince into it so that he wakes up in his new kingdom. Tony rose to the challenge. There were some extra expletives when he realized he had to disassemble the old bed first. My job was to pick up the lego pieces off the floor. This kept me busy for a couple of hours.

Here slumbers the prince. Fortunately, he inherited the Chaplik sleeping gene. While Tony blasted away with the noisiest of screw guns, hammers, dynamite and swear words, Dusty slept like an angel.

The transfer was successful. The limp, sleeping body of Dusty was moved from one bed to another. Tony and I dragged our weary selves to bed around midnight and imagined Dusty's reaction to waking up in his castle. Would he notice the ladder inside the bed leading up to the trap door above? Would he climb it to the lego loft where he could survey his kingdom below? Would he sit in the chairs built into the turrets? Would he shriek with joy?

Dusty awoke at 5:30a.m came into our room and asked if he could go look under the tree yet. He did not notice the elephant in the room. Unbelievable, but it seems that Santa and his promise of a new Lego set blinds him to all. We did then mention the bed and he gave Tony a polite hug and asked again if we could go downstairs. Once the fire temple was assembled Dusty had his delayed joy for his new bed. He has not come down from the lego loft since, except to debate with me if the King has to listen to his mother.

Monday, December 19, 2011


Just finished my last market of the year. Now it's time to regain a bit of balance in my life. Seems that while I was busy making hats, Tony was practicing his salt shaker balancing skills.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Great Weekend

Last weekend was the Halifax Crafter's show. I met many wonderful new and old customers and also spent a fair amount of time salivating over the work of the other artists. It's one of the nicest shows I have ever seen. People lined up to get in when the show opened and it was still crowded by the end of the second day.

I stayed over at my friend Aimee's house in Bedford, so the next morning I had time before the show started to do something I always wanted to do. Go to the Halifax Seaport Market to be a customer and stare out the window at the harbour.

I got my cappuccino and cinnamon bun and reveled in being a lady of leisure. I could get used to this.

The weekend was a success on many levels, but at 8:30 p.m, Sunday night it sure was nice to get home to this.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Yuletide cheer.

My mind is slowly turning to shopping. Seems to be hardwired in the DNA for late November. This weekend I will be at the Hubbard's Christmas Market and the following weekend I will be doing the Yuletide Cheer show put on by Halifax Crafters. I'm super excited about this one because the other artists are really incredible. The show will be filled with things I want. Hope you can make it.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Meeting Wonderful Customers

This leopard print felt hat went to the best head possible. I don't think Audrey will mind me telling you that she recently underwent brain surgery. Although she has a beautiful bald head, she was in need of a hat. I loved meeting her and was amazed at her smiley positive look on life. She was just full of laughs. It wasn't an inexpensive hat, but she laughed it off saying that now she doesn't have to pay for her hairdresser appointments. She was truly inspiring.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Toronto Greetings

We just got home last night from our trip to visit my family in Toronto. This is the tree where I spent my childhood. It has lost a few of the lower limbs. I like to think that if they were still there I could have climbed up without the help of this ladder.

We took Dusty to the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) The adventure began in the subway. It was hard to get him out of the Museum subway station. You can see why. Tony called this "Mayan Butt Crack.

Dusty's favourite part was the Discovery room for kids where he spent over an hour digging for Dinosaur bones. Tony and I took turns sitting not so patiently while the other looked at the rest of the museum.

My little Lego fiend was pretty impressed with this Lego Pharaoh.

I was most blown away by the David Hockney exhibit. He has done beautiful images on the ipad and iphone using a simple inexpensive app called brushes. I downloaded the brushes app and now I'm addicted. My ability is limited, but who cares. It's so fun. This is my "Laundry night"

Before we knew it we were on the plane headed home. The sky at sunset was amazing. Didn't have my camera, but I did have my ipod.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

When I signed up for this motherhood deal I had no idea of the magnitude and importance of Halloween. This here is my Frankenstein monster. There are many similarities between him and a boy called Dusty. Yes, I do go a little overboard with his costumes, but that is to make up for all the other days in the year when he tries to talk to me and I scream at him because I'm madly trying to finish an order. Hopefully, he'll remember the costumes. I will remind him throughout his adult life.

Here's the little monster trying to show his gratitude by kissing me with green face paint all over him. I grappled with posting this photo. It's not a pretty picture of me, but the other one was worse and I think by the time I got to the bottom of that coffee cup I looked a little better.

Yesterday I went into super pumpkin decorating mode. I cried to Tony that I just can't keep the house clean. He set me straight by explaining that you are either cleaning up or making a mess. I'm the latter.

Dracula was carved at 10p.m. right after I finished baking the blueberry muffins. Do I sound like super mom? I'm not. Super mom would have a smile on her face throughout. I flip out. So, monster is off at school, but he'll be back with a gaggle of children coming over for pizza and trick or treating. Off to make the pizza dough and then fill hat orders. I think part of me enjoys this. Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Little Escape

I haven' been writing much lately because I have been busy trying to get those wholesale orders out. It has been quite nice hiding away in my studio making hats, but sometimes I just dream of making something beautiful, impractical and that loses money in every way. So, with that in mind, I took the cable ferry across the LaHave river to visit my friend Aneta, who is an amazing felter. We sat together and with her guidance we felted a single flower for four hours. You can see where the losing money goal is fitting in.

Her house took my breath away. It was open, bright, whimsical and filled with beautiful details.

The house is mostly kitchen. Makes sense to me as that is where the party always ends up anyways, but the little living room was beautiful, too.

The railing up the stairs is made from a branch as are all the curtain rods. Amazing how clever people can be.

Here's where the laundy gets hung. How do people get these ideas?

Ofcourse, after making this beautiful long stemmed flower, all I can think about is how to turn it into a hat. As soon as I figure it out, I'll post the photo.

p.s. I'll be back at the Halifax Market in a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Best Model Ever

Remember that adorable little girl in my hat from the last post. Well, It seems the whole family is into hats. This here is Feather. I do have to admit she looks really good in it.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

So Long Summer

The Mornings here are consistently cool and crisp. Summer is heading out and fall is heading in. This photo was sent to me by a customer whose beautiful daughter is a hat junkie in training. I'll write more when I get through my mound of wholesale orders and can come up for air.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

I Miss This Hat

I just came across this photo of one of my merino wool wet felted hats. I love making them, but as they take forever and a day, I don't get to make too many of them. They never stay with me for long. This one lives in Montreal with its owner.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The One That got Away

Hat land has been so incredibly busy these days. I don't know if it's princess Kate or the article in The Chronicle Herald, but I can hardly keep up with the demand. Yesterday I finished this Millie Hat. I was so loving this new colour combo of moss green and dark brown. Thought I'd get home and photograph it, but, alas, it found a new home on a very beautiful head. Oh, well, I'll just make another one.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Here's Where to Find Me

Hi Everyone, Here's where to find me:

Saturday Oct. 29th 7-4, Halifax Seaport Farmers Market

Saturday Nov. 12th 7-4 Halifax Seaport Farmers Market

Saturday Nov. 19th 7-4 Halifax Seaport Farmers Market

Saturday Nov. 26th 8-12 Hubbard's christmas Market, Hubbard's Barn

Saturday and Sunday Dec. 3-4, Halifax Crafters "Yuletide Cheer" show
11am-6pm at the Olympic Community Hall/Olympic Centre at the corner of Cunard and Hunter street in Halifax.

Saturday Dec. 10th 7-4 Halifax Seaport Farmers Market

Thursday Dec. 15th 8:30-12:30 Lunenburg Farmers Market

Saturday Dec. 17th 7-4 Halifax Seaport Farmers Market

Friday, July 29, 2011

Back To Hubbards

For the Month of august I'll be switching it up a bit, alternating Saturdays between the Hubbard's Market and The Halifax Seaport Market. Tomorrow will be Hubbards. Really looking forward to seeing old friends (and waking up at 5:30 instead of 3:45)
Hope to see you there.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

What Style

This most lovely lady came and tried on my hats at the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market yesterday. She looked so cute in my Organic Jersey Summer Madeline headband, I just had to take her photo.

Monday, July 11, 2011


We just returned from a much needed vacation in Marblehead, MA. Two days of driving, but worth it.

We stopped first at Tony's sister's place in Maine. Our brother in law, Chuck, of Cycles Immortal Fame is a mechanic extraordinaire. Pretty cool for Dusty to have an uncle with a shop full of motorcycles and at the moment a car that looks like this.

Day two we continued on our way and stopped in Portland, ME for lunch. Such a cool city. Dusty was really taken by the cobblestone streets and wondered if all streets looked that way when I was a little girl.

I've been to Portland many times, but this was the first time we explored the not so traveled alley ways. Amazing what you can find. It was a side to Portland we had never really noticed before.

We came upon this awesome diner. It was down a street filled with fish processing kind of places, wooden sidewalks, and cobblestone peaking through the pavement. Unfortunately, we had already eaten, but two local girls told us it was the place to go. Next time.

Arrived in Marblehead on Friday afternoon. We did more than I could possibly tell you about, but one of our highlights of the trip was heading out in our friend Felix's boat with his daughter, Maya. I have never seen a kid as excited to be out on the ocean. Here she is kissing a fish. Unbridled passion, I guess.

Dusty got to be the captain. I just closed my eyes and assumed the dads wouldn't let us go under.

Felix took us to the Boston Yacht Club for dinner. I have to give you a little background story here. We stayed with one of our favourite families, Sally, Dan, Sarah and Evan. Evan is now a teenager, but as a boy he loved Lego as much as Dusty. They have a whole attic full. They even had the Holy Grail of all Lego sets- Darth Vader's Star Destroyer. Dusty will tell you how much that thing costs, but I won't. To make a long story short, they gave it to Dusty. Finally, Dusty got the Darth Vader mini figure with his 1 1/4inch long, red light sabre. Well, at the yacht club we were eating on the deck with floor boards that had tiny cracks between them. Under those boards was the Atlantic ocean. Can you guess what comes next? Yes, the light sabre fell between the cracks. Here's Tony looking for it. Felix even hijacked a row boat to try and find it. But, alas, no hope. To say Dusty cried would be an understatement. Life as we knew it was over. Maya kept trying to console Dusty, but it was hopeless. When we got back to Sally and Dan's place, Dan went up to the attic and found another light sabre. Dusty's words were, "Life is good!"

Really what this trip was all about was this photo here. Grammy. Of course all the other people that we love so much and hardly get to see, but mostly- Grammy.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

a fascination with fascinators

I officially declare this fascinator thing a frenzy. I have to admit that when things become trendy I want to run away, but I just watched this little video that really calmed me down and gave me an appreciation for how a beautiful fashion icon like Princess Kate can shape a culture. It is a phenomena. Don't get me wrong. I love fascinators and have been making them for years, but I have always enjoyed hatting the strong, independent hat wearers who have had the courage to be seen even before the media decided that it was O.K. Thanks Princess Kate for being a strong minded leader of beauty and thanks to a all my loyal customers of the past 17 years who have all been royal princesses in their own right.
Here's the link to this video featuring one of my best customers- Beauchapeau Hat shop in Niagara on the lake.
You can see the video by clicking here

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

When The Sun Shines in Lunenburg

When The sun shines in Lunenburg there is no more beautiful place on earth. We haven't had much of it lately, so on Sunday the whole town was out celebrating. First stop- ice cream shop

Sitting outside on our favourite chairs we happened to meet our good and most adorable friend, Lucy with her dad, Marcus. She was carrying her pet lasagna noodle.

We all headed down the street to the Dory shop where Tony has been working on the two schooners being built there.

Not the worst view in the world.

Dusty and Lucy seemed to have their own agenda.

The white box you see is one of the cabin houses that Tony built.

And here's my ruggedly handsome boatbuilder himself.

Next stop- Picton Castle, which is now docked in the harbour. The town feels so festive now. The Picton Castle sails around the world, but calls Lunenburg home.

There's no heading down to the waterfront without Dusty insisting that we go into the Fisheries museum. Doesn't seem to matter that we have probably been there over 50 times since moving here. Good thing we have a season's pass. Of course, one needs to be donning an organic cotton and hemp jersey hat when hammering trunnels into a plank of wood.