Monday 23 April 2018

Hats, How To Store and Display Them Mostly.

How Can I Display & Store All My Hats?

Between me and Yogi we probably own over a dozen hats.  Plus we sell them on the stall and currently all of them are homeless or in need of inspirational and cheap display ideas. Storing our hats when living on a boat is a bit of an issue. Space is tight and they can get crushed and bent out of shape. Plus we don't have straight walls that we can hang them against, so  they are left all over the place getting damaged,in the way and on my nerves.  Time for project sort the hats out.

We also have a similar issue on the stall, space is at a premium and we need a cost effective way to display the hats we have to sell. We want them to go home on peoples heads and not in the back of Monty (Our trusty motor home). 

I had a look on Google and found Hat Rack Ideas on a page by There are some cracking ideas there, the picture above is a contender :0) There are a couple of other ideas there too, that I might have a go at.

I just need to find a bit of chain, or perhaps curtain wire, if I can remember where I have put it......and do I even have any hooky pegs things? 

Awesome Hats

I only really sell one style of hat, I do have others but this one is by far my favourite.
I have christened it the AWESOME HAT.  It is the first hat without a brim, that actually suits me!  I have never been able to carry off a bobble hat or beany style.  The laughter of people around me tells me that when I am wearing one. 

But for some reason these hats look good on me!! It was a revelation for me and I think they are magic and totally awesome.  

They are made from recycled silk and wool, are lined with a wide belt of felt for comfort and come in a multitude of colours.

I always have a lot of fun on the stall trying to convince folk to try them on.  They give the same argument that I have been giving for years. 'It won't suit me!'. but once I have given them the secret on how to put them on, 9/10 will purchase immediately when they see themselves in the mirror. Its brilliant :0) 

I sell them for £12 + £3 P&P Hopefully I will have time to put them on the website soon, but in the meantime, if you would like a sneak peek at what I have available, EMAIL me and I will send you some photos.

Sunday 22 April 2018

Getting The Stock & Stall Ready For The Season Ahead

The last few days & weeks have been devoted to preparation.  Finding & ordering lovely new things.  Unpacking and checking deliveries, which is always exciting!!  Making new items for the coming season & testing out ideas for new ranges.  

Unfortunately, with a lot of Fair Trade Clothing, size is an issue, a lot of the clothing items do come up on the small side.  Extra Large is not very Large, and Small is very, very small.  With this in mind,  I have tried my best to get as many 'Free Size Items as I can, I want to be able to cater to the more voluptuous customer and have ordered XL/XXL & XXXL where ever possible (hoping that some of the lovely things I have purchased to sell may even fit me)!

Some do, and some don't, but as I said, the manufacturers idea of XXL and mine are still a long ways apart.  'One size fits all' - fits not quite all unfortunately.  

So, to the first goal of my new blog.  To reduce my body so it will fit into 'one size fits all' clothing.  Today I ate my first grapefruit in approximately 15 years! Well, its a start.....

That said, having spent the last 15 years or so of my life as a big girl I have learned how to adapt and overcome. This is why I am a big fan of the Poncho.  It will pretty much fit anyone, comes in many different weights of fabric, hides a multitude of sins and is comfortable to wear. 

I have a few different styles and designs available and will be making them available to purchase online in the near future.  If you can wait that long, just make a comment or send me an EMAIL and I will send you some photos.

I have also been making a lot of stock items and as I have a very short attention span as well as 'tangentitis' (prone to heading off on a tangent every 5 minutes).  I spend my days flitting from one thing to another, to another, to another and so on. 

Today I have mostly been playing with tumble stones.  I have been experimenting with different ways of fixing my handmade wire pendant bails to different tumble stones and am quite pleased with the results so far.  I use non tarnish silver plated artistic wire to make my bails.  

This is one of my designs on a piece of Tigers Eye.  I just need to pull it about a bit in a week or so, make sure the glue is up to the job.  Once I am happy I will make an adjustable knotted cord to hang it on and it will be available to purchase.

Tiger eye is the birth stone for Gemini and is a warm stone with rich sunny, golden and brown colours.  

I find it a hard one to resist picking up.  It is said that it can help with boosting your strength of conviction,  courage, self-esteem and confidence in your abilities.  Which would make a lot of sense to me.  Being self employed can be stressful at times and perhaps the Tigers Eye just offers me that boost at times when I need it.