Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Big Blue Skies









Well summer has finally arrived and we have been basking in sunshine and blue skys in the UK.
On Monday I walked up out of the valley where we live and and picked billberries which are tiny tasty little things and definatley stain your fingers and clothes, but it was good to be outside and feel the sun on your skin.
As you can see I purchased an older Pfaff machine as they are just perfect stitchers and run as smooth as silk in my opinion. However the foot pedal was broken and caused a few issues. Then remembered that I have a German intern at the moment, after general laughing at our slow thinking, Theresa got on to German E bay and bingo a new one was available.
Wedding work continues with veils like the pale grey version seen here and the lovely thank you comes from a bride and groom who designed their own stationery. Fab isin't it.
Hope you've been enjoying the sunshine too.
Chrissie. x


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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Summer Weddings (in the rain)







It just keeps raining at the moment.
Last weekend I was close to Lake Windermere cooking at cubs camp and it absolutely tipped it down right until we left when the sun came out !
I always feel sorry for people when they have gone to so much trouble with their wedding outfits then on the big day it pours with rain.
However there's nothing you can do about it so it's up with the  umbrella and best foot forward.
A selection of hats of the week this week includes a open weave straw which is tricky to sew when there's more holes than material!
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Friday, 1 July 2016

Rachel Lucie Pop Up Shop

This weekend it's Open Studios in Hebden Bridge.
As you would expect there is a wealth of wonderful artists work on view from painting to ceramics and much more.
I will also open my millinery studio and show my workings and equipment plus hats that are in the process of being made.
My friend Rachel Lucie is also having her own Pop Up Shop in Hat Therapy on Sat and Sun where she will be showing and selling her jewellery.

Last night she dropped off her shapely dressing table ready to display her wares today. 
So if you are coming to Hebden don't forget to pop into the shop and have a browse.

www.rachellucie.co.uk


I myself will be in a field with my wellies on cooking at cub camp !
Chrissie x

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Friday, 24 June 2016

Alternative Christmas In Hebden Bridge








Tomorrow marks the six months since the Boxing day floods and in true Hebden Bridge style the town is all set to celebrate an alternative Christmas.
It will bring together people from around the country who came and gave much needed help to many businesses and families.
It's good to have something to smile about as many more shops re open, although there are still quite a few with work still on going or awaiting work to begin.  
There are many events planned across the weekend so if you are able to visit do come into town and get involved.
I have a few flowers from the allotment which is lovely and hat making continues in the new workroom with lots of new orders for weddings, which is fantastic and heart warming.

Have you spotted the Marshall & Snellgrove hat box ? It was given to me by a lady in Halifax which was a real surprise and a much loved gift. I think it belonged to a family member and they wanted it to go to a good home. I've found a blog that gives a few details about the department store and a picture of an original label too.
I made a quick alternative Christmas tree with wine glasses, baubles and a little greenery.

Lets celebrate the good of a little town full of creative people.
Chrissie x


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Friday, 17 June 2016

Emma & Jobi's Wedding





Emma came to look for her wedding headdress whilst my shop was waiting to be renovated after the Boxing day floods.
So that nothing should happen to her vintage gown I laid towels down on the floor and she stood in front of the mirror trying on different styles.
As my stock was being stored on several levels of my house she waited whilst I found my vintage petersham ribbons and made her an example of something I felt would be the perfect partner for her gown.
Her dress was incredible, floor length, beaded and fringed. The dress was still in perfect condition as was the label, in fact it looked as though it had just been taken out of it's tissue for the first time.
All she knew was that it had been made in the U.S.A. possibly early 1960's.
However finding a headpiece that worked with it was tricky, but once I suggested the rich nutmeg Emma knew straight away it was what she wanted.
Emma and Jobi were married just a few weeks ago and here are a few images of their special day.
Fab isnt it?

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