Heat Waves, Hostas and Hats

New England is in the middle of a heat wave and even here on Cape Cod temperatures will reach into the 90’s. It’s one of those summer days where life seems to slow down to a crawl and a glass of iced tea with a wedge of lime is the perfect thirst quencher.

Despite the heat I did manage to get out for my early morning walk, camera in tow. Hostas are in full bloom right now and one particular variety is a personal favorite of mine which I soon discovered in a garden on the road to the beach.


This is the same hosta variety that inspired the lavender organza rose curls I created for “Jamie,” a new hat design I introduced several years ago. The “Jamie” became an instant wedding classic. It has also become a popular choice for teas and garden parties.


Please enjoy a few images of the “Jamie” chapeau and the hostas that inspired her creation. I hope you won’t mind that I am including an unexpected furry friend I met along the way this morning. I think his mouth was full of sweet grass and clover yet he stopped mid-munch to say hello. He made me smile as I thought of how much I love the surprises of walking with my camera, never knowing what I’m going to see on the other side of the lens! I don’t envy his fur coat, though.








Thank you once again for visiting Hats and Horses!



6 Replies to “Heat Waves, Hostas and Hats”

    1. Isn’t it a riot, Emily?? And when I snapped the pic, I had no idea what a funny little expression that little bunny had ’til I got to PS – LOVE those little surprises! 🙂 ANd thank you, for your kind words about the Jamie chapeau. One of my favs…


  1. Thanks for sharing. I’m always interested in what inspires an artist when they create their art. Was it a dream, a mistake, something they saw and it just popped into an idea? Obviously the latter for this beautiful hat!


    1. Thank you so much, isn’t it fascinating how each artist gets inspired by so many different things? And it’s not always in the moment. Sometimes, one inspiration can lead to a string of others, and somewhere down the road – voila! Something gets created, but it was never “out of the blue”, that’s for sure!


  2. Another beautiful creation from Sally…love the lavender colors … look so very soft and natural…our hostas are blooming, too. It is VERY dry here, hoping for rain this weekend…hope you and yours are all doing well. Connie Wood


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