Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Lovely Day For A Regency Beach Picnic

          Last weekend I went to the coast with some friends from the Emerald Valley Regency Society and we had a lovely picnic on the beach at Tierra Del Mar near Pacific City, Oregon. 

          I had a jaunty new bicorn, and with my blue dress and red spencer and cape, I looked very French Revolution.

          It was a gorgeous day for a picnic.  Saturday was warm and sunny, with just a light breeze.  We were lucky, because on Sunday there was a fierce wind and even some rain.

          As we strolled down the strand, we were enveloped by a fog so dense we couldn’t see more than a few yard in any direction.  It was deliciously spooky, like we could step out the other side and be transported to another time and place- Regency England, perhaps.

          The ocean was swirling around on the beach, creating islands and peninsulas, and lovely safe pools to wade in.

          After a long walk, a little rest was in order for some.

          How wonderful to relax on the sand with good friends and good food.  Not to mention the fun of dressing up.  It was a glorious day altogether!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Custom Fabric Labels

     I’ve been thinking for ages that I should have labels in the hats I sell on Etsy.  They would look more professional, and since I ship so many internationally (I just had my first sale to Japan!) it just seems like a good idea, as well as being a marketing tool.  There are several places to order labels, but they all take ages to arrive, and I would be limited to one style.  But it’s hard to design one label for all of my hats.  I couldn’t find a font that looked right for pirate hats and Regency bonnets, and sticking to one color scheme would prove difficult too (I seem to be addicted to color). 
      Well, today I had an epiphany.  It was like a light bulb turning on over my head, only this was a whole chandelier!  I have everything I need to make my own labels, as many or as few as I want, in as many colors and styles as I can think of. 

     I used Crafter’s Images PhotoFabric Cotton Poplin that I bought at JoAnn Fabrics, and printed my own labels.  Then I ironed a fusible backing on and cut each one out.  Now when I make a hat I just pick a label to match, peel off the backing and iron it in place.  Easy as cake!  And they look great on my pirate hats, bonnets, and teacup fascinators.

     They are simple and quick to make, and the poplin has such a tight weave that I don’t have to worry about the edges fraying.  I ended up with 36 labels for under $2 in a matter of minutes.  I’m delighted with my new labels!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Giraffes For Baby

A friend of ours is having a baby soon and decorating the nursery with a giraffe and lion theme, so my sister Allie and I made goodies for the little one.

I made a little stuffed giraffe with
a velvet ribbon around his neck
Allie made a sweet giraffe hat

It’s so fun to make something new and exciting, and a baby is just the excuse needed!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Unique Wedding Hats

     I’ve been making lots of fun new hats lately, and since its wedding season, I decided to make a couple of unusual bridal hats.  I love how they turned out.  Imagine how fun it would be to have a historical wedding with a Regency or pirate theme?

Regency Bridal Bonnet

Wedding Tricorn

Friday, August 3, 2012

New Deluxe Pirate Hats

          I have been making some fancy new pirate hats lately.  My new deluxe tricorns are now available in my etsy shop.  They are made out of wool felt, and have pleated ribbons and elaborate braids as well as removable peacock feather and ostrich plume pins and huge fancy ribbon rosettes.  I think the brown one looks very steampunk.  I’m really pleased with the way they turned out!