I've been trying to carve out a path in my studio/craft room/dungeon so I can at least walk to my computer and back. It's gotten bad in there, girls. It's borderline dangerous. Things are falling from shelves and hitting me in the head. There are mountains of boxes, packing peanuts, tulle, paperwork (by the grace of God I got my taxes done this year), seam binding and far too many millinery flowers. I've got to get it cleaned and organized before George comes home from work and finds me stuck behind a fallen tower of Priority Mail boxes one of these days.
This weekend I took the first step. Well, the first step is admitting I have a problem. (and I do.) The second step is picking a place to start and actually starting. So, I started with the hats. I have old hats everywhere and still want to get them hung on the wall to free up precious shelf space. As I piled them all on the kitchen counter, I figured I might as well snap some photos to share with you here. They look so much prettier when they're not in amongst a disaster area! I placed each one on a cake plate since they remind me of fancy frou frou cakes.
Velvet berries are always a good thing (and I've actually got some berries to list in the shop soon).
Bought this one for $5.
Velvet strawberries. A favorite, of course. $10...no kidding! And I would've paid $80!
These enormous blooms are just begging to be taken off and used in art or shared with friends.
More scrumptious velvet berries.
I don't usually do too much blue, but I liked this one a lot. Nice floppy roses.
Pretty in white.
Tons of roses with velvet petals here.
Delicate strawberries. Lovely.
It's hard to resist pink velvet ribbon this wide!
Fun, flirty carnations.
Soft pretty whites.
More velvet berries.....this time in blue.
A very sweet hat that probably belonged to a young girl. My mom said older women wouldn't have usually worn a hat like this. I can't believe she didn't keep any of her flowered hats from the 60s!
Tattered and lovely.
Velvet pansies. This was one of the first hats I ever bought. I got it at the big flea market on 27th Street in NYC when I was in college. Sadly, I heard that flea is no longer there. It was fabulous.
This is loaded with miniature flowers studded with faux rhinestones.
The floppiest and most ready-to-fall-apart hat in the collection. One of my very favorites.
This elegant cloche hat was my Grandma's. I found it at the top of her closet when I was over there visiting last year. (note to my Grandma, who really does read my blog: Hi Grandma! Thank you again for the lovely hat. I will cherish it because I know you once wore it. Got anymore hiding in that house? Love to you and Grandpa. See you soon! ~ Andrea)
And finally, white flowers and puff balls. I keep this one in the foyer up on a bookshelf with some other white ones.
That concludes the hat parade! Hope you enjoyed the show. Sadly, they are all still sitting on my kitchen counter. I'm trying to figure out a proper way to display such lovely relics. Any suggestions?
On a different note, thank you for all the love on my previous post. You guys know how to cheer a girl right up. Thank you for your support. I am feeling much better and now I don't have to make a voodoo doll of the evil commenter and stick it with corsage pins. It's all good.