Thank you everyone who came and explored my website, read my blog, and left such uplifting comments during last month's giveaway! This is the Mysterious Giveaway Hat - a gradient colorway that begins at the brim with deep red to orange to mustard to brown to black. It is the perfect Autumn hat as I feel it mirrors the color cycle of the leaves that fall this time of year. Red or yellow, or orange when they hit the ground then fading to brown and black the longer they rest upon the earth.
Somewhat unsure if the man was trying to help or just luring them to a secluded place to chop them into bits, the photographer rushed back to her group to explain. The all agreed to go, so piling into the car they drove after the tractor which was leading them to a small copses of trees further out in the field. Upon reaching the spot the group was in awe of the spooky little spot and introductions were made all around. He told the group to say and shoot for as long as they wanted then turned on his heel and hoped back on his tractor driving off to mow his field. The END
OK I may have exaggerated a bit for effect, but honestly not by that much. It was like the Spirit of Halloween fated that chance encounter. I have been shooting in that field for years and never met anyone. That hat was meant to be shot in that spooky little spot. I know that I got this hat out a little too late for this year's Halloween and I am sorry :( and I only have about 6ish spots left open for Halloween orders - BUT maybe you won't need to order a hat...maybe you could win one in my Halloween Witch Hat Giveaway. Now this is a little peculiar, but the hat is going to be a surprise - meaning there isn't a picture. But I think you all trust me enough to know it will be an awesome hat ;) I have it made and it is autumn themed in color but that is all I am going to tell you. I will post pics of it just before I announce the winner and that will be on October 1st. The winner must agree to pay shipping costs and to enter all contestants must leave a comment on this blog post. Bonus points will be given to those who leave a comment telling me something they like about my website (so explore it a little), I know, I know I am shameless.
Sure it was raining and we were all soaked from the 5ish minuet walk to the shoot site, but I had a new model, a new location, and two new hats that I needed photos of. So we made it work. Under the tree cover it wasn't so bad actually, but Grumpy Husband's shoes were squishing when he walked, Lily Anna was barefoot and my feet were the only thing dry on me. My new model is a friend that I met at the KY Highland Renaissance Fair a couple of years ago when I was a vendor there. We had been wanting to do a shoot together for ages, and then on this day the stars aligned and it happened. I brought my garb and she brought hers and together we created some sweet costumes.
The birch hood (below) might be my all time favorite piece. I have always really love birch trees, mostly because they stood out from all the other trees. Growing up we had a lot of them in our woods and many of them had that "eye" shape to some of their stripes. It was very eerie but also really intriguing. As a child I would often wonder if they were watching me and were more then just trees. I also just really like this hood because it was a challenge and it came out so well despite that!
The Fire Mage hat was the perfect custom order for autumn, and really we couldn't of had a more perfect backdrop! Granted we had to do a costume swap between hats, and that meant a five minute walk back to the dorm and you guessed it! It rained the whole way. Of course as soon as we got inside it stopped. We were all heartened by this, but on our way back out to the shoot location it started up again. Grumpy Husband was very damp and looked like a thunder cloud himself, so I bribed him with dinner out after the shoot. Lily Anna joined us and I think that was the best most fun shoot I have ever done! :)
My character was a Lady Milliner who had "time traveled" back to the 1200's of Scotland to show all the Scots the proper way to make a top hat. I got to show-off my black felted top hat and that was fun.
I'm so excited because this week is my 9th wedding anniversary! Grumpy Husband and I have a fun day of celebrating planned, but I don't want you to feel left out so I decided to have a special anniversary sale. Just use the coupon code JUNE16 here or on my Etsy shop to get $25 off an order of $100 or more. Let's spread the joy around!
Happy Friday the 13th! In celebration of the spookiest day outside of Halloween I decided to offer a special coupon code that you can use to take 13% off your order! I know Halloween is still months away but here is your chance to gear up for the season with a custom handmade hat or hood.
Just use the coupon code FRIDAY13 to receive a 13% discount off your order. You can use the code on my Etsy shop or for extra savings you can use it right here on my web shop (which is always $10 cheaper than my Etsy shop).
Good up through this Sunday (5/15/2016).
It all began with an attempt to make a hat that looked like an acorn cap. I had trouble though getting the texture of the hat to be "acorny" enough. And I decided to change the brim so the back was turned up and the front had a pointed tip. After tinkering with several prototypes I ended up with a hat style that looked almost like a fantasy archery hat. I called them my "Fae Fedoras," and you might still see a few photos of them floating around Pinterest.
I wasn't satisfied with the Fae Fedoras though. After making a few I decided that they were missing something, some wow factor that would take them from being merely cute to being something truly unique and interesting. I started experimenting with ways I could incorporate a crinkled hat tail (like the ones on my witch/wizard hats) into the design. After a few sketches I made the attempt and came up with a new prototype.
The hat was starting to really shape up. But there was still something missing. Snow was still on the ground outside when I finally decided to add a curl to the front brim. The idea was so compelling that I put it together immediately. Finally! The hat looked GREAT! It had so much personality and just the right amount of magic and whimsy! But it was then that Grumpy Husband reminded me (in his oh-so-gentle manner) that it was the middle of the winter and it would be months before we could really go outside and take some photos of the hat that would do it justice.
So I waited. And I schemed. And I bought lots of little things to put together the perfect outfit. Just this week the weather was warm enough, the sky was cloudy enough, everything was just the way I wanted it to be! I put on my outfit and we went to take photos of my brand new hat style.
I am so excited to introduce to you the brand new Fantasy Fedora! Let me know what you think!
You might notice that the felted fox hood I am wearing in the above photos is a little different then the original fox hood below. In the hood above the inside of the ears is all white and so is the whole inside of the hood. This style of hood is not available in my shop but if you think it should be let me know in the comments!