Sunday, November 24, 2013

Beauties at the Historic Halifax Market

Tony and I have been selling our wares at the old Historic Halifax Market. I really love it there. While the crowds are pushing each other at the Seaport market down the street, customers are leisurely shopping in the most gorgeous historic stone building. Regina ordered this fascinator from me and I wish I could take her everywhere to model it for me. That hair!
Two very beautiful women modeling my Margaret Suffragette hat. The lady on the right is Lynn Rotin. She is an amazing painter. We have set up a trade and five of her beautiful flower paintings will soon be in my possession and she will be the proud owner of one of these hats, but in grey and red.
Randi was back again this week and walked home with this hat. Randi understands that there is no such thing as too many hats. Turns out that Randi is an expert on Suffragette history and has promised to direct me to the right books, so that I can learn more.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Adorable Customers

So many adorable customers. This is Jamie, sporting her Charlotte hat in the rain. A woman with style.
What more can I say. She's just perfect.
Randi is one of my favourite regular customers. It's true I have a lot of favourites, but that's because fabulous, strong women are attracted to my hats. I love that this hat lives on Randi's head. It is one of my wet felted creations and it's nice that I know where it is.
Last, but definitely not least is Anne. Anne actually bought a different hat that day, but I just had to get her photo sporting my fuzzy green fedora. Anne is another customer that makes me realize how lucky I am to do what I do.

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Walk Around Lunenburg

The other day my dad e-mailed me to see if my blog site was not working. He thought it odd that the last post was from August 31st. Hint well taken. So, here I am, coming up for air after having completed a few hundred hats for wholesale orders. Thought I'd bring you along on my morning walk through Lunenburg. Even in my most chaotic of self-employed milliner/mother/negligent wife/I don't have time to clean the bathroom frame of mind, there is not a day that goes by when I'm not overwhelmed by the beauty of the town I live in. (how's that for a run on sentence) Lunenburg has a beautiful back harbour trail, which Lego the dog and I walk on every morning. The boy gets on that big yellow bus and we are off.
This is my most favourite time of year. It's the light and the colours. It's different here. So much more intense. I'm not a photographer, so I can't really do it justice, but just believe me and come see for yourself.
We come off the trail, head up the hill to Pelham st. and this is what we see. The front harbour of Lunenburg. If we make a left down the hill and then right onto Montague st. We come to....
The Lunenburg Furniture Co. Yes, that is my hubby, Tony's shop. Now we are a family of two stressed out, self employed parents. I always recommend that there be one doctor, lawyer, teacher, banker or insurance broker in the family, but I have never been good at listening to my own advice. So, what we don't have is money, but what we do have is a lot of pretty hats and very beautiful furniture, most of which is in Tony's showroom. I kid you not. We are sleeping on the floor because the beautiful bed Tony made me is in the window.
Speaking of window...I love this view through Tony's Queene Anne Chair onto Montague st.
Aside from his beautiful custom furniture, Tony has created a line of products using the labels from old Salt Cod fish boxes. I have set up an etsy shop for him. It's neglected like everything else around here, but you'll see some of it. Great Christmas presents (hint, hint) Here's the shop. Both tony and I will be at the Lunenburg Farmers Market on Thursday, so if you live around here please come see us.
Lego and I are now on our way home. This is a few doors down from Tony's shop.
Back to my own shop. This is the pretty corner.
And this is my messy work table that better describes my reality. Thanks for walking with me. Come see us soon.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Going Out with a Bang

Back to school. Bitter sweet. Bitter for Dusty and sweet for me. Just joking. It's been a wonderful summer, full of too hot days where we escaped to the lake, rain that we thought would never end, but did and then perfection, also known as August,where it's cold at night and in the morning, but slowly warms up into a summer day. We decided to end Dusty's summer vacation with a bang. We took a trip to Upper Clements Park in the Annapolis Valley. Tony and I were fully prepared to be complete martyrs about this trip, you know....what we won't do for our children, but in the words of the boy- Upper Clements Park Rocks! It's Awesome! Epic! Really, it is.
Because of this....
.....and this. While Dusty and his buddy (bringing a friend along was key to a successful day) were bombing down the giant water slide or taking their 25th ride on the roller coaster. Tony and I were enjoying our speed of rides. The park is filled with trees and places to relax, so we never turned into grumpy, parental monsters.
speaking of monsters, I did go through a veeerrry scaaary haunted house. I tried to escape a couple or ten times, but Dusty and Stuart were cruel jailers.
The highlight for the boys, both young and not so young was this wooden roller coaster. The younger boys went on it over and over and over. The older boy was pretty impressed with the fact that it was made out of wood. It really is pretty impressive.
Dusty and Stuart are two of the blurs in this photo.
It's hard to beat an amusement park where this is what you see off in the distance. The park is just outside of Annapolis Royale, which is my second favourite town in Nova Scotia. Lunenburg being the first, of course. We didn't go there this time because we knew that if we tried to do too much our perfect day could easily teeter over to the dark side, but I think next time we'll stay over night, so we can also leisurely walk through town.
Sure sign of a successful day. A bit fuzzy, but you get the picture.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Hello From The Middle of Summer

Hello from the middle of summer. Tony and I had a very rare date together. This was courtesy of Dusty being at a 5 day overnight camp. There's a whole story there in itself, but I'll sum it up by saying that I'm not as tough as I pretend to be. I know the minute Dusty is home he will be driving me nuts, but I miss him like crazy and I want my boy back now. Back to my date with Tony, who has taken to calling Dusty, "what's his name" in his absence. We took the Lahave cable ferry over to Petite Riviere and then went for a beautiful bike ride to Green Bay. There are so many glorious beaches here and each one is so different than the other.
This little beach has these amazing white rocks. This one said, "Please take a nap here."
There are beautiful wild flowers everywhere. Mother Nature is such a great milliner.
We meant to then head on towards Liverpool and explore a bit, but we didn't get too far. I had heard of The Maritime Painted Saltbox, but I had never been there. The place and the owners/artists pulled me right in and by the time we got out it was time to head home. What a scene. Aside from all the amazing art, painted furniture and sculpture, the grounds are beyond belief. Flowers, flowers and more flowers and all these charming out buildings. It's really much more of an experience than a store. Your time in Nova Scotia will not be complete unless you go check it out.
Special guests can sit on this bench.
The coop had no real chicken, but so much better.
One day, Arabesque Chicken will come live at my hat shop.
We needed to head home because Thursday is The Lunenburg Farmers Market and it was time for me to pack. I have been having too much fun these days experimenting with different hat shapes.
And last, but not least, I have been bringing Tony's fabulous fish boxes to the market. Partly because they are great props for the hats and partly because they are for sale. He has a collection of old Saltcod fish boxes and he had the images screen printed by Jesse over at Home Grown Skate Boards. He's upstairs from the Lahave Bakery. Another must see, since he has a giant skateboard bowl built into the floor. One of Dusty's favourite stops. The fishboxes are beyond cool and made with Tony's usual over the top attention to detail. And now I am off to pick the boy up from camp. Either he will be full of wonderful stories or full of venom that I made him go to camp. (which, for the record, I didn't.) Well, hopefully, it's the first one. Come see me in my beautiful shop in Lunenburg.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Lady Luck

For a couple of years now I have been selling my winter hats at Lady Luck Boutique in the Hydrostone Market in Halifax. This year we decided to see how the summer hats would sell. Well, they have been flying out the door. There's nothing more fun than getting a frantic message that more hats are needed quick and then two weeks later getting the same message again. On Saturday I woke up early and spent the whole day making hats for Lady Luck. Thank goodness it was pouring, so going outside wasn't an option. On Sunday Tony and I took the rare trip together to Halifax and hand delivered the hats. I'm embarrassed to say it was my first trip to the shop. It is unbelievably beautiful. It is a real hat shop. They also carry a huge selection of Oh Dina fascinators. Nicole, who is the designer behind Oh Dina works at the shop a couple of days a week, so Lady Luck is the place to go to find her work. Although we have lived in Lunenburg for 5 years now and Halifax is just over an hour a way, we really don't get there much. Honestly, I don't leave my home much. If you saw Lunenburg you would know why. But, sometimes a trip to the city is just the thing and Halifax was so fun. The Hydrostone area was completely destroyed by the Halifax Explosion during the first world war. The houses were all rebuilt with concrete blocks, or what was then called Hydrostone. Anyways, it's a beautiful little section of the city with wonderful shops and restaurants. Put it on your list. And hopefully you'll get to it sooner than I did.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

A day at the Lahave Craft Coop

The diversity of crafts is wonderful. We have beautiful ceramics, jewelry, felt, wood carvings, clothing, shoes, dolls, woven tea towels, hat, hats and more hats. The whole experience is so fun. The ferry ride, the amazing bakery/restaurant, the craft co-op and then the gorgeous beaches. Not necessarily in that order.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Shop of My Own

Tony has built me the most beautiful hat shop/ studio. It's truly a dream come true. This space was once filled with mold and mushrooms and when it rained outside it rained inside. I could never have seen the transformation. One of Tony's many talents. Tony is almost finished building my beautiful cutting table, which will also be my store counter. It is going to divide the shop into store and work space. There will be lots of crossover, but that's the idea. I seem to have a bit of a fabric problem. Admitting it is the first step, right? When I fist saw the wall of shelving, I really thought it would have that nice sparse look. I am still cramming fabric into any available crevice. That's a whole lot of hand dyed silk velvet ribbon. Buying ribbon and fabric is the real reason I make hats. I even get to display some of my beautiful vintage hats on the very top. I have two more tubs in the attic. This chair has been waiting so patiently to live in my studio. I found it on the side of the road a few years back. It looked nothing like this. My friend Aimee at Artisan Upholstery gave it a complete makeover. Staring out the window while I drink coffee and hand sew is one of my favourite things on earth. Now I get to look out at the back harbour of Lunenburg. This summer I will be officially open, but if you are coming to town before then just give me a shout.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Almost Ready

It's really happening. Tony just hung up the first round of hat stands in my new studio. I think I may actually start moving in tomorrow. So, is it true what they say? "If you build it they will come." See you this summer in Lunenburg, right?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A little piece of Happiness

I just can't stop staring at this picture. It was taken by my neighbour, Marc and was then transformed with this .99 app called etchings. That's my house with all those children in front of it, playing in the ginormous snow bank. That's me shoveling and that's my dog, Lego. Every time I look at this photo I realize that I made a dream reality. I wanted to live in a beautiful town on the ocean, where my son could walk out the door and play without me hovering over him. I live on the best street in the world. (at least to me) We have wonderful neighbours and I truly feel like I am in a community. The bank, the post office, the shops, the restaurants and the ocean are a two minute walk away. Of course, I also love this photo because it doesn't show the paint falling off my house and the lack of a proper front door, but those things don't really matter.