ThistleDew Farm

ThistleDew Farm
Established 2009

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hat Winner and Other Assorted Happenings

It's been a busy few days...Last week before I left for Indiana, I delivered a few sweet potatoes to Lakeisha, a friend at work - I got the potatoes from this (remember my weekend which included digging up the sweet potato bed and turning it into a garlic bed for the winter?).....



Lakeisha used this.....




to make them into this.....


What a lovely pie...



The craft fair this weekend was fab.




















That's me laughing at Deb (my fabulous Indiana sister-in-law) who is taking my picture. Notice we are conveniently situated next to the ATM....how fortuitous.
I'm making a custom order that was needed that evening.... coordinating hats for a 8 year old and 6 month old. We were interviewed by the Kokomo Tribune and an article was in the Sunday paper - complete with a picture of the booth! I think the guy just wanted a picture of Deb, and then felt obligated to publish a story!

Marmee's suggestion of a jewel toned snood which turned into a raspberry beret sold to a lovely lady in the red hat society -
her silver hair set off the beret exceptionally, making her look and feel like a million bucks. (I love the sparkle in the eyes of someone who loves wearing what I made! Especially when they look fab in it!) In fact, she liked it so well, she commissioned a free form crochet purse which I make from funky pieces sown together quilt fashion...(another post about that project.) I made my friend Danita a funky scarf out of the red fiber in the beret - I can't wait to see how she looks in it!



My mother loved Daisy's inspiration and wants one made with a snowflake on the brim for Christmas. Thanks for the award Daisy!!!

Other big sellers included anything made of Alpaca...I have several commissions to finish. One lady added to my future collection - she wanted fingerless gloves to wear while walking. She and her friend also bought both short scarves to look fashionable on their group walks with their club.

Another great recommendation was to make American Doll sized vests to go with the doll hats I made....I could really go over the top and make matching items in girls sizes so the American Doll and their "Mothers" match.

The pink baby hats went out the door so quickly, I wish I had more. The one Susie inspired sold....

I made a child's hat from Terri's suggestion of peach and soft dark green....the stitch pattern I used made it look like a turtle which my mother thought was hilarious! But I was the last one laughing as it was the first hat sold! - Thanks Terri!

My project for next year is to work on the aesthetics of our booth...Deb and I have a great idea for using an old screen door....put lattice where the screen was, a small mirror in the middle and old door knobs all over the door....hats and scarves can hang from the knobs and when they are sold the knobs will look cool...I think we'll hinge the door in half so it can fold down for transport....

And now for the winner of the you design it, I'll make it giveaway! Hurray Mildred - that's her with Harriet. Here's the comment Mildred left as entry: Oh, I love this! My unusual color combo suggestion was inspired by a Hull vase - peachy-pink, light aqua, buttery yellow. My grandma crocheted a hat for me when I was young that had a little brim that turned back, and the yarn was feathery soft. So Mildred, am I combining the color combo with a small turned back brim hat??? Also, can you measure your head and let me know what size it is? I'll get the hat made up this week and we'll expect to see a picture of you in it posted sometime soon!!!!

14 comments:

Susie said...

Looks like success for you at the craft show! Looks like you did great! All those hats were fun. Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations to Mildred.

Mildred said...

Melissa: You have made my day! I can't believe I won! All of your hats are so creative and I have loved reading everyone's suggestions and seeing your beautiful work in pictures. Thank goodness it's just my head measurement you need! It's 21 1/2 inches around. I look forward to receiving such a wonderful gift from such a talented artisan and yes, I'll post a photo of me wearing it. Thanks a bunch!

Terri said...

Hurray, Mildred! Congratulations - you are in for a treat because Melissa's hats are great!

Terri

Thistledew Farm said...

I am so excited to make Mildred's Hat!

Daisy said...

Sounds like you had great fun and success at the craft fair--hurray!

Congratulations Mildred! :D Can't wait to see your new hat on you!

Thank you for holding the giveaway. It was much fun to see all the hats you made and hear the suggestions of your readers.

Thistledew Farm said...

Thanks Daisy - I think I'll do this again in February!

Dana said...

Sounds like success all the way around.

The American Girl vests and such would do WELL at my house. :)

GNG Girl said...

Cute pic of you at the craft show! How fun to do that with Fam! :)

Yes that idea gets you points, AND "clever" about the baking aroma gets you an extra credit point! teehee :)

Thanks for play'n! :)
xoxoL~

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your blog. You got me thinking about all sort of ideas. It's been so cold here I've been wearing a scarf in the house. I can't wait to get yours. Thanks so much!!! I'll be sure to take a nice picture and send it to you.

Danita said...

Ok, they put me as anonymous...but it's Danita! ha ha!

Thistledew Farm said...

Hurray Danita - I wondered who Anonymous was - it confused me which isn't hard!!!!!

Debra said...

Glad you did well at your show- sounds like you had a good time!
Congrats to Mildred- I know she will love her hat!

Amy said...

That's awesome! You guys rocked the craft fair! I can't believe you made a custom order that night! Amazing! Congrats to Mildred! Yeah!

Daisy said...

Hi Melissa! There is something for you at my blog when you have time to stop by. :)