Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Three Muses

This adorable photo comes to you from Chicago.  I received one of those hat emergency calls some weeks back that these three ladies had all purchased  polar fleece coats and now needed the matching hats.  The coat company had told them the color name and since we both use the same polartec fleece, I was able to match it up.  This is my Matta Hari hat and I love that it is being worn in three different ways. 
They originally purchased my hats at Beauchapeau hat shop in Niagara on The Lake.   
I was hoping for the Chicago skyline in the background, but they assure me that it is right behind the wall.  I do most of my traveling vicariously through my hats, so this is important to me.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A sweet success of a day.

Happy to report that our Drift show in Halifax was a super success, largely in part to the plethora of cookies.  It was really fun spending the day with some talented and fun ladies and force feeding our customers homemade goodies.  I baked these Rugelach, which if I may say so myself were quite the hit.  It was my little way of bringing a touch of Hannukah to the celebration.
My absolute favourite part of the day was acquiring a new treasure from the ridiculously talented Mariko Paterson.    Head to forage studio to see her amazing work.  I had no business shopping, but I could not seem to put it down and when I thought of someone else walking in and buying it, murderous thoughts flashed through my mind.  And then there were too little devil fellow craftspeople whispering,  "just get it, just get it."  in my ears.  So, what's a girl to do?  It was a hit with Dustin and Tony and I can't wait to use it for Maple Syrup. 
Also got myself one of Jennifer Harrison's calendars.  When a wad of cash falls from the sky, I will buy one of her originals, but until then, I will be staring at this one.  She is having a sale right now, so head over there if you are in the market for a beautiful painting.
But fear not, I did actually make more than I spent.  Had some of my favourite customers show up.  Randi is at the top of the list.  This isn't the one she went home with, but I love the photo.
Also met some new Hat Junkies, so all in all, it was a perfect day.
I will leave you with this photo of one of Mariko's three weiner dogs who adopted the Sea Dog bag that I use to carry everything.    My coat was in there to make it the perfect chill out spot.  I really didn't have the heart not to share.  My thoughts weren't quite as generous when he ate my lunch, but cuteness comes with a cost. 
Now, it's back to the sweatshop for me, so that I can take a well deserved break on Friday, when I will hang my closed sign up for a week.  That's my goal anyways.  See you soon.

Monday, December 8, 2014

There's No Place Like Work

This is where you can find me these days.  All day and into the night.  I have been filling orders up to my eyebrows.   This is the time of year when people order Christmas presents and boutiques need those hats to arrive in time for Holiday shopping.  So, the one woman sweat shop sweats on.
While I may have the aura of a martyr, doing what she needs to do to put food on the table for her family, the truth is, there is no place I'd rather be.  Tony  (that be the husband)  created this beautiful little doll house for me and now he is paying the price.  I have a hard time leaving it.
With a hat maker for a mother and a furniture maker for a father, our son has grown up believing that everyone loves their work.  Perhaps a bit of a warped reality, but, hopefully, it will wear off on him and he will know no other way to get through life.  Of course, there is a part of me that laughs at myself saying, "Just you wait, Anna.  The kid will be a banker, insurance agent, government employee, anything that makes a regular income and guarantees the steady supply of Lego sets."
While I sew away, I listen to podcasts, the news or Audio books.  Knowing my current deadlines, I had to download something really long.  So, right now I am listening to Les Miserables.  Sixty hours of unabridged misery.  I couldn't be happier.  I have not put the news on for days.  Also a good thing.  Let me know if I missed anything important.  Have you heard about the battle of Waterloo?
Like these photos?  Be sure to check out Heidi Jirotka's web site.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Crap, Evil Pirates and a Middle aged Mom.

Last night my friend and mother to Dustin's friend sent me this screen shot and suggested that I might want to get Dustin his own YouTube account.  We do have a few internet rules, like he is not allowed to write comments on videos.  I did actually put those parental controls on my account, but controlling something that your child knows way more about is rather challenging.  He, apparently,  just turned the parental controls off.  I have since learned how to lock them on, but I imagine I will always be two steps behind him, at the very least.

We had a little family "scene" last night where I gracelessly flew off the handle and lectured him about lying and the internet and blah, blah, blah....But this morning I woke up laughing and am still laughing, imagining the adolescent boys reading his comments and wondering, whose mom is that?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Puttin' on the Glitz

You may not know this, but twelve years of my life were spent in Marblehead, MA.  Portsmouth NH is just a hop, skip and a jump away.  Such a great little town and I spent many days there.  So, I'm particularly excited that Puttin' on the Glitz at 40 Market st.  is carrying my hats.  
If you live in the area please go check out this beautiful shop and then go have a cup of coffee in a local cafe and tell me about it, so that I can live vicariously through you.
This fresh batch of Madeline headbands are about to embark on their journey there today. 

Amelia Rose

Amelia Rose is one of my sillier hats, but I love her.  You can't quite see it in this photo, but the flower is enormous.  As in, stands out a couple of inches away from the head.  I had started by trying to make a polar fleece fascinator, which is quite a silly concept in itself.  But then I felt that if it was polar fleece, it really needed to be warm, so I added in a hat as an after thought.  Love watching women try this one on.  The reactions range from horror, to hysterical laughing to love.

Monday, December 1, 2014

I have a confession to make.  I hate doing craft shows.  I'm not a fan of crowds and being something of a control freak, I find it difficult to control my hats when faced with thousands of curious people. Children with food, adults with coffee, free chocolate samples at the next booth over before reaching for a $200 hat...  The list goes on.  So, before I allow myself to sink too far into a rant, let me say that I am so happy to be doing this show in a couple of weeks.  The other four artists do great work and they are all friends, so if no one shows up we will just eat all the cookies that we are going to bake and have a great day.  That said, PLEASE show up!  I love my Halifax customers and I miss you and if you love me too, you won't let me eat all the cookies.  Keep scrolling down for the many reasons to come to this wonderful little show hosted by Mariko.
First there is Mariko.  Mariko Patterson is a wonderful, warm force of nature.  Her work is witty and fun and gorgeous.  She does functional pottery as well as these incredible sculptures.  I have a little shoe problem.  I want these so badly.
Dannette Eden, the mastermind behind Seadog bags also has a little shoe problem.  I'm not sure she would want me to share this information with the blogosphere, but she could give Imelda Marcos a run for her money.   Maybe people with shoe problems make other accessories.  Dannette makes her bags from recycled sail cloth and other industrial fabrics and they are great.  I have three of her bags myself.  They are so well made and functional.
Then there is Jennifer Harrison.  I don't know if she has a shoe problem.  I'll have to ask her.  I know she has some nice shoes.  Am I getting off track here?  Jennifer's paintings are available in galleries all over the place and I'm sure you can see why.  One day I will get me one, but until then, I'm going to have to be satisfied with her calendar that she is putting out this year.  She will also have original paintings available.
Last but not least is Allyson Symmie.   I'm generally not a jewelry person.  I'm not lying.  I have two rings that I wear all the time and that is it.   One is my wedding ring and the other is my Allyson Simmie ring that I made Tony buy me for our seventh wedding anniversary.  I have since treated myself to one of her necklaces and a pair of earrings.  I think of her as my personal jeweler.
So, you have probably by now figured out that my choice of artist buddies to join me has been entirely selfish, but I think you will also love all their work.

Oh wait, I forgot about me.  I'll be there, too, with lots of new creations.
 Please come join us on December 13th.   Request for specific cookies can be left in the comments, but I probably will just bake what I want anyways.  Don't worry, you will like them.