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Nothing cheers me up quite like an adorable customer sending me pictures of themselves in not one but TWO Miss Fete witch hats. Thanks @witchways_pip for making my day.🖤🖤🖤 - - - #ilovemyjob #mycustomersrock #witchesofinstagram #witchhat #beauxbatonsinblack #handmadehats
Soooo, THIS thing has been happening. While my hat business has been down, my studio is going up. During a normal year, I’m not sure how I could have managed overseeing a construction project. It has been in the works for two years and I can finally sort of see a light at the end of the hallway. 😂 There’s still soooooo much to do on the inside and most of that work we’re doing ourselves. Like I said, during normal business operations, I’m not sure how this would even be happening.
Dobby will be serving me drinky-treats at the CraftBoston Holiday ‘Mix + Mingle’ virtual cocktail party, tomorrow night from 6 to 6:30 EST. Should you care to join us, the link to the calendar of events and zoom info can be found at @societyofcrafts. - - - - - #craftbostonholiday #handmadeholiday #handmadegifts #meettheartist #dobbythehouseelf #dobbyhat #dobbyears #handfeltedhats #handfeltedwool #handmadehats #customhats #meetyourmaker #handmadegifts #shopsmallbusinesses #custommade #buyhandmade #durhamartist #northcarolinaartist #durhamcraft #northcarolinacraft #handmadeinamerica
The ‘Hibiscus Muffler’ in crimson and black. I call them winter garden neck warmers. I’ll have these in lots of colours at the Durham Craft Market on Sunday. Hope the weather’s nice again. ☀️ #handmadegifts #handfeltedwool #wintergarden #feltedflowers #handfeltedscarf #durhamcraftmarket #durhamartists @thedurhamcraftmarket
Another custom hat for another fabulously stylish customer. This one was just a colour change request on an existing design. I’m so often pleasantly surprised and inspired by the colour combination requests I get. I always hope to get a picture back of whatever fantastic outfit the hat is intended for. If anyone is hoping for a custom hat for the holidays, now is the time to place an order so I’ll have time to work out the details. 🤔🕵️♀️
Any excuse for a hat. 🤗 The au naturale experiment of 2020 is officially over and sea foam green is tide I’ll ride into 2021.
Glorious blue skies make such a good backdrop for my first in person show since March! The Durham Craft Market took over the Farmers Market pavilion for the day. #shopsmallbusiness #smallbusinesssaturday #handmadehats #handmadegifts
Another custom hat being modelled by its adorable owner as well as the sketch I sent her during the r&d session. This coming weekend I’ll have my hats on display @thedurhamcraftmarket for Small Business Saturday. My first in person show since March. Woot woot! Fingers crossed for a sunny day.
Another virtual show comes to an end but my studio looks so pretty set up as a booth, may just keep it this way for awhile. Also, finally finishing that Blue Morpho cape I was supposed have done already 😋Thanks to all of you that came to see me online. The @piedmontcraftsmen show will remain up for awhile so check their page for that link.
Another recent custom order I loved making. This was a traveling hat for an adventure in Scotland. I worked closely with Shawn to get the specifications just so and I think it suits them to a T. I used a natural brown French D’Arles Merino blended with a little bit of raw silk for a lovely heathered look. #travelinghat #handfelted #mossfete #scouthat #felthat #custommade #customhats #shopsmallbusiness
Carmen Sandiego anyone? My customers request the most fabulous custom hats. This one was a particular stunner. Having been forced to downsize significantly this year, custom work has been the highlight. Anyone interested in working on a custom order with me, this coming weekend is a great time to do it as I will be participating in Piedmont Craftsmen’s virtual show featuring live video chat from 10-7 Friday and Saturday.
Tomorrow morning at 9 am I’ll be kicking off the Craft Boston Holiday show with a 20 minute non-spoken demonstration of laying out the wool for the wing in my last post. I had no idea I was going to be first across the stage! 😳 Music by @fullchroma. Next up by will be a Jewelry studio demo by @dmgdesignsmaine at 10. Head over to @societyofcrafts for the link to the show and to RSVP.
Working on a short Blue Morpho butterfly cape. Their underwings are almost as pretty as the tops so this cape will probably be reversible. I plan to have it finished for the Piedmont Craftsmen show November 21st. Stay tuned! #felt #bluemorpho #butterflywings #piedmontcraftsmen
The Parmalia Collar in fall colours. One of my pieces in the Smithsonian show that is up for just a few more days. Link to the show in my bio. #smithsoniancraftshow #fallcolors #scarfweather #craft2wear #woolyjewelry
The glorious last blooms of the year on this balmy fall day. I’m usually on the road doing back to back shows this time of year. I forgot how lovely the light is in early fall. #autumnsunshine #lateroses #morningglories #colorinspiration #porchclimbers #lookingforthatsilverlining
Chinese Fireball Dragon Cape, invoking the fall. One of the special pieces I have in the Smithsonian craft show that officially started today. #smithsoniancraftshow #fallcolors #harrypotter #dragon #chinesefireballdragon #supportthearts
I was recently told I had ‘Hobbit hair’ (a result of shaving my head at the beginning of the pandemic and then just letting it grow out). Sooooo, I’ll just be dressing as a Hobbit from now on. It gives me an excuse to wear all those vests I’ve been hanging onto since the 80’s. #embraceyourinnerhobbit #covidhair #mossfete #fallfashion
Thanks @chelle.cal for borrowing my Miss Treason bat witch hat for this truly stunning photoshoot in Crabtree Park last weekend. Pics 1 & 2 by @nickaronsnaps pics 3 & 4 by @tawnyelisephoto #witchesofinstagram #witch #witchhat #mossfête #bat #discworld #misstreason
Special order Orb-weaver Witch hat going out today. This weekend’s virtual show on offer is @nwimonstercon which starts tomorrow. If you’re gearing up for Halloween, this is a great place to start. The link to the show is above in my bio. #nwimonstercon #witchythings #witchhat #spidersofinstagram #felt #fallcolors
Hey all my lovely local peeps, tomorrow is Centerfest’s 2020 Virtual show. If you’ve been hankering for a witch hat for your social distanced All Hallows Eve-nt, I’m offering free local delivery in the triangle area through the end of October. This is a great weekend to get your order in. The code for that can be found on my artists page on Centerfest’s website listed in my bio.
American Craft Council’s first online show started today and it’s beautiful! I feel honoured to have my work featured along side so many talented craftspeople. You can see all the fantastic work available at https://shop.craftcouncil.org/ @craftcouncil #sfbacraftweek #supportsmallbusiness #supportartists
DragonCon went virtual today!Hooray! It’s usually the highlight of my year so I’m sad not to be there this year. Booo. But since it’s virtual, I have plenty of time to see all of the amazing artists I never have time to see at the show. Hooray! AND all of my friends who can never get to the show for one reason or another can see them, too. Hooray! They did such a great job with the virtual vendor hall, I’m actually feeling quite optimistic about this whole virtual show thing. Double Hooray! If you wanna see lots of fun stuff, head over to https://www.dragoncon.org/ I am listed under Moss Fete for this event. #dragoncongoesvirtual #dragoncon2020 #mossfête
Scenes from inside 2. Woodbine and banister. #devilsdarningneedles #latesummerblooms
The many joys of a fig tree. Our backyard had a much trampled and neglected fig tree at the bottom of the garden when we moved in. I’ve pampered it for 2 Springs and it’s paying me back in spades. Among other things, I made cardamom fig jam and paired it with the other local treats in pic #5. @boxcarrhandmadecheese Their new Doeling goat cheese is to die for. @loafdurham Their Rosemary Pepita bread on Wednesdays is great for sandwiches. @geerstreetgarden The Rosemary ham is addictive. Everything I’ve ever had from all three of these local businesses was outstanding. #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocal #supportlocalfood #gettinfiggywithit #figs
Scenes from inside. #collections
Today is my first virtual fine craft show, hosted by the North Carolina guild Piedmont Craftsmen. I have set up a mini ‘booth’ in my studio and will be available to chat via video from here: https://my.boothcentral.com/v/events/piedmont-craftsmen-virtual-summer-fair?fbclid=IwAR1h7erDPOhwdtsSdGIvC-3Q9Z-AipflxcR0X-jf-VriwrnRN0_paftjkqw I’m also running a sale during the event and will have some one-of-a kind pieces available. The show is from 4-7 today. There are over 30 wonderful artists participating. Come see! #piedmontcraftsmen #piedmontcraftsmenvirtualfair #handmade #supportsmallbusiness #supportthearts #finecraft #felt #hats
Thanks for creating this @juveeproductions and reposting @jenstarkknits We do not all have access to the same educational opportunities because of the way school funding is chained to property taxes. Glad to have a really succinct info-graphic on the topic that I can share. It’s been a pet gripe for a long time. #blacklivesmatter #redlining #equaleducationmatters #equalaccesstoresources