Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ciao Bella




My good friend Andrea, who does the graphic design on my web site, hang tags and promotion is off for a trip to Italy. Poor thing. So, she contacted me with a hat emergency. Fortunately, Andrea is as much of a designer as I am and her description was really pretty specific. She wanted me to use this fabulous hat block that I bought at Lilliput when I was visiting her in Toronto. She wanted natural straw, black and white gros grain striped ribbon (which I made by sewing two ribbons together) and a fedora look. I really loved the outcome and I will have to make one for myself. So, bon voyage to Andrea and the hat. Wish I could stow away in your hat box.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Too Hot!




I thought I would never see temperatures over 90 F. 30 C, give or take, since leaving New York. I am always bragging about our wonderful temperate weather. Well now my parents are here for a visit from Toronto and I'm eating my words. It's HOT! Hopefully it won't last too long. We have waited until the evening to do our sightseeing. Amazing the places you forget to go if you don't have someone to show it to. I brought my parents over to the opposite side of the harbour to get one of my favourite views of Lunenburg. Can you see the heat in the photos? In this heat wave I am sewing polar fleece hats. I have approximately 100 hats to make for stores in the next 3 weeks. The greatest challenge is trying to accomplish work with limited child care. I was talking to my friend Faye today and we are thinking of starting an organization of working mothers who can't get any work done. Faye is the most wonderful, hysterically funny story teller with two kids and more animals than you can imagine, including a pot bellied pig. She just started a blog, so be sure to click on the word blog to check it out. It's a great read. Stay cool and try not to sew polar fleece in a heat wave if you don't have to.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Blue Rocks









Last weekend was the biggest Lunenburg weekend there is all year. I'd have to say it would be a big weekend anywhere. It was the Folk Harbour Festival. An annual event that lasts 4 days. The town is packed with people. Tony and I love folk music, but we are still afraid of shelling out the big bucks for tickets, knowing that five minutes into a great concert there is the possibility of Dusty wanting to go home. Maybe next year. We do happen to live right next to the park where the main stage was, so we pretty much got to hear a lot of great music for free. Still, I felt a little like Cinderella not being able to go to the ball. There are also free concerts at the town bandstand all weekend. Usually I'm such a festival person, but for some reason I felt the need to escape. Maybe it was the line out the door at the ice cream shop that did me in. On Sunday morning I hopped on my bike and headed to one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Blue Rocks. It is about four miles from town and the whole way there is just breathtaking. I took many photos, but really I can't do it justice. I wish I could put the smell and the serenity into those photos. The place brings me to tears. It's so peaceful. After that bike ride and a cup of coffee from our friends' cafe, The Laughing Whale, I was finally able to get back into my little sweat shop and sew away. The fall orders are rolling in now. I have already had two stores place reorders for fall hats. Once again my little Madeline headbands are flying off the shelves. This season I added a new hand dyed silk velvet flower. So, my union break is up and time to get back to work. Until Next Time, Happy Hatting!