Happy New Year everyone! This year is already off to a busy beginning with our “Hats Off to the Horses” auction series for the retired racehorses of Old Friends and a lot of new chapeau designs coming soon for the Kentucky Derby and weddings.
To celebrate the New Year, I hope you enjoy this reposting of one of my favorites from this past year, “The Milliner’s Muse”. Thank you ALL for your support during my first year at Hats and Horses, I can’t even begin to tell you how much it has meant to me.
Peace and Joy to you all in the coming year,
And now… “The Milliner’s Muse”!
Every milliner needs a muse; Maggie Mae was my muse and studio kitty in the beginning when I began my hat business.
When she passed, a lovable orange and white feline entered our lives. She arrived one Christmas in a pet taxi from our local shelter with a stuffed chicken named “Chickie.”
After spending a week under our bed, Marmee emerged and has been finding her place here in our home ever since. And to my surprise and delight, she has become my new helper and muse.
Very early on, Marmee inspired a brand new hat, the “Marmee” chapeau, offered now in my Derby Hat Collection. How could anyone not be inspired by those soft amber-green eyes and gorgeous fur coat?
When one of my customers requests a one of a kind hat design, Marmee is there, inspiring me, as I sketch out ideas on sheets of paper that she loves to focus on as she naps and dreams with them beneath her.
Cat naps do wonders.
The silk organza “feathers” I create for my hat trims require studying our Cape Cod birds for inspiration. Marmee is great at showing me the best perches to observe them.
She also helps me do the research for some of my other favorite hat trims, too, most especially the handcrafted florals. Pots filled to overflowing with Marguerites, Gloriosa Daisies and hostas seem to captivate her as much as they do me!
Preferably in the sun.
When our day is done my little helper and I crawl into our beds, exhausted but gratified by a hard day’s work. And we dream we are chasing horses and hats and birds under a sky filled with stars to light us on our way.
Until next time,