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. www.jenniferharrison.org
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.
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. www.heidijirotka.ca
Fall is in its full splendor in Lunenburg. Every morning I walk the dog and marvel at the beauty of this amazing town I live in. I also marvel at my inability to capture it in my photos. Well, lucky me. I have joined forces with one talented lady that lives right here. Her name is Madeleine Kendall and she sure knows how to capture beauty. Please visit her web site and consider her for when you might need a photographer, if you live in Nova Scotia. Aside from being talented, she’s also a wonderful person, a mom of two extremely adorable little girls and why not support someone like that. Her web site is www.madeleinekendall.com
This photo was taken on the back harbour trail of Lunenburg. It was once the railroad track. Almost looks like there is a train coming in the distance. You can actually bike or walk for miles and miles on these trails, as they connect from town to town. This hat is my Organic Charlotte hat, made from organic cotton and hemp fleece and hand dyed by me, just so that I can be sure to make things as time consuming as possible.
I think of this as polar fleece meets 1910. This is my wide brim Margaret hat. Do you like my coat? I found it in a local thrift shop for $12. It was just sitting there waiting for me.
I just love the reds in the background matching the red of my Organic Madeline headband. I live in these headbands. Some people dye their hair. I dye pretty fabric and put it in my hair.
Here Maddy (Madeleine) played with a photoshop technique where all but the hat is black and white. This hat is Mabel Rose and is made from hand dyed organic cotton and hemp stretch jersey.