Saturday, December 8, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
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Monday, November 5, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Downton Abbey these days. We bought the first two seasons on Itunes and when we plowed through the whole thing in a couple of weeks, I went through a small depression and wandered around aimlessly for a few days. I tried watching other fluffy, romantic, British period pieces, but nothing compared. Finally, I decided to just watch the whole thing over again. It's just as good the second time around. I still feel obsessed about this series. This is from a person that almost never watches television or movies. This is different, though. The show just embraces a time when everything was slow. Fashion was slow. Every coat, dress and hat takes my breath away and I find myself wanting to have all the time in the world to make such creations. So, yesterday I pulled out the felt and started to block this hat. On the same day, my neighbour presented me with all these beautiful feather sprays that came off her grandmothers' hats. Now these feathers are having a reincarnation. I don't know how many hours I'll be able to steal to make more felt hats this season, but this one sure was fun.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
We begin our homeward climb up King st. I had to put this photo in because this is the sort of thing I love to look at. Mums planted in pumpkins. I'll do that after I cut back the raspberry bushes and fold some laundry.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
This photo was taken of me by the fabulous photographer, Heidi Jirotka. She did not see my hangtags when she took the photo. This illustration was done for me by my friend, Andrea Dixon of Pomp and Ceremony. Seems to me I am destined to live in a field of yellow flowers.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
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Saturday, May 12, 2012
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
I have been a busy bee making hats for one of my favourite stores, Luvly in Lunenburg. Luvly is one more great reason to come to Lunenburg, incase you need one. Luvly opened about a year ago on Lincoln st. in the old town. The store is dedicated to showcasing independent Canadian clothing designers. I would have to call our match a perfect fit. When I walk into a store and start having heart palpitations and end up spending my electric bill on a new dress (electricity comes and goes, but I'll always have the dress) I can tell it's the right place for my hats. Tony has built a beautiful hat display for the shop. All these hats are headed that way, so there will be a great selection.
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Saturday, April 28, 2012
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Help I just can't stop! Since my friend, Heather, sold me her lot of procion fabric dyes and her top loading washing machine that she had rigged with a constant agitation cycle, I have found myself spending countless hours in the basement dying up new batches of colour. This is nothing like that box of Rit dye. Each colour takes around two hours, with several trips up and down the stairs mixing 7 lbs of salt, stirring up the soda ash to fix the dye and timing it all perfectly. Tony always marvels at how I need to do everything the hard way, but heck, he's one to talk with his dove tailed joints. I suppose we are two of a kind. Well, despite my belly aching, there is nothing quite as satisfying to me as bold, vivid colour and I am certainly getting my fix these days.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Today Dusty decided that he could read. We've been reading for a while. Simple books, taking turns, the usual, but this is different. And it's all thanks to Lego. I bought him a guide to Lego Ninjago. The whole inside scoop, a look at the ninjas behind the scenes, what they like to eat, their favorite weapons and their famous quotes. This did the trick. Yesterday we alternated paragraphs and then this morning he brought it with him on the school bus. When he came home he announced that he had read two pages by himself. Now there's no stopping him. He has been sitting on the couch for an hour, every once in a while lifting his head to announce, "You gotta hear this!"
These are the moments that make it all worth while. The world is Dusty's for the taking.
Friday, January 27, 2012
These hats are my babies.They are wet felted merino wool. It's just so much fun to be able to start from the wool, pick any colour in the spectrum and create any shape I like. I call them small acts of insanity because they are so labour intensive, but I love every minute of it.
I have been playing with hand sculpting. This technique is often seen on vintage hats from the twenties and thirties and has had a resurgence in the millinery world. With hand made felt it has a cartoon quality. Sort of a comic book version of a serious hat.
The back of the hat is almost as fun as the front.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I confess that I have been having too much fun lately. Aside from filling an order for one of the most wonderful hat shops anywhere, Beauchapeau Hat Shop in Niagara on the Lake, I have been in design mode. It is a time of many half made hats being hurled out the window, but also a time of wanton creativity.
Years ago I made rain hats from oil cloth, but stopped because PVC is not the healthiest of fabrics to be working with. On my last trip to Maine, I discovered this wonderful laminated cotton fabric. A fabulous alternative and much nicer to sew. I'm about to order some adorable prints, so stay tuned for more. I had this pattern in my head for a few months and finally sat down and figured it out. I'm pretty pleased.
And for those wondering if I do this all alone or if I have help, I reveal to you my assistants. This is a rare moment of peace in the land. Hope you are all having as much fun as me. I'll be at the Halifax Seaport Market this Saturday.