When Times are Tough You Put Your Headband On.

Organic Madeline Headband with Zinnia

It’s funny the things that stay with us. I will never forget being seven years old and being in my grandparents’ Montreal apartment. As was typical, the living room was filled with the countless great aunts (and uncles), chain smoking and smothering us children in their bosoms. Auntie Yetta, lovingly blowing smoke into my face, said, “Honey, when times are tough you put your lipstick on.” She then told me all about her tough times. I don’t remember all those specific details, but I’ll never forget the part about the lipstick. Somehow, this one morsel of great auntly wisdom has become something of a mantra for me in my life.

I now pass this wisdom onto you, but with a slight variation. Honey, when times are tough you put your headband on. My physical shop is closed right now, but my virtual one is wide open and it is filled to the brim with new headbands. There are 3 pages of them, so you can headband away by clicking HERE.

Organic Madeline with Zinnia

Yesterday our little province of Nova Scotia went into lockdown. We have been so fortunate up till now. We really have a mostly compliant population….the key word being, “mostly”. Oh well, that’s the way the Covid cookies crumble. Here we are. I’m super grateful to our public health department and government for taking swift action and also to the many businesses who took action before being mandated to do so. We will get through this. I know so many other places have been feeling the brunt of this pandemic for the past year, but apart from our initial lock down a year ago we truly have been spared.

Thank Heavens for Spring and the many, many places to walk in this beautiful town.

I made my second Apron Dress from The Assembly Line Patterns

And, of course, there is always knitting. I designed myself this colour work hoody. I’m rather in love with it. This one took a while. I was almost finished knitting it when I realized that I had miscalculated the sleeves and had to rip out most of the sweater and reknit it. Knitting is an excellent teacher for living in the moment.

So, I will go from Auntie Yetta’s wisdom to the wisdom of the knitting. Stitch by stitch and we will get there and sometimes you need to go backwards to go forwards. I hope you are all healthy and happy wherever you are.

With Love, Anna.


  1. Anne Weeks on April 28, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Sometimes the wrong road takes you to the right road…

    • Lucy Anthony on April 29, 2021 at 9:18 pm

      Greetings from the Prairies

      Wishing you the best outcome for your lockdown!

  2. Gillian Frances on May 11, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    I hope lockdown doesn’t last too long for you. We had eight months here in Victoria, Australia, last year and it had all sorts of effects, some good, some bad.
    Now we are living almost normally, but one of the things I plan on doing this week is buying a new overlocker. I had given up sewing, after a lifetime of it….fabric too expensive and I really need few clothes these days.
    However, it seems the thing to do right now. My old overlocker was tricky, hoping newer models are better. I reckon I will make a headband, thanks to you.
    I have wanted all my life to go to Nova Scotia but the chances are I won’t make it. No travel for us till ’22 at least. I will be 70!

    • HatJunkie on May 12, 2021 at 9:20 am

      Thanks for your comment, Gillian1. Happy sewing to you. It’s really very rewarding.