Celebrity Hat News

Good afternoon hat enthusiasts!  Welcome to the first installment of Monday Celebrity Hat News.  We live in an age where the ability to view and share photos is instantaneous.  The digital movement has made it possible to explore images that can help motivate the rest of us to accessorize with confidence.  Let’s take notice and have the courage to make our own statements…in a great hat of course!

Today’s installment of a celebrity moment caught out and about is one of practicality and style.  This photograph captures Gwen Stefani taking a stroll on a London street with her son.  She can typically be found making the most of her accessories, whether with a statement scarf or a pair of riding boots like we see here.  Her hat is a style statement, not just something keeping her head warm.  A slight tilt forward of the brim makes the look that much more attractive and distinctively Gwen.

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Photo via US Weekly


Paula’s 2013 Entry in the Kentucky Derby Hat Contest

Paula Singleton's 2013 Kentucky Derby Museum Hat

Paula Singleton’s 2013 Kentucky Derby Museum Hat

I have entered the Kentucky Derby Museum hat contest every year since 2010. I am pleased to announce that for the fourth year, one of my hats has been selected to be a part of the annual display. This year’s entry is a lovely spring green asymmetrical straw hat featuring black and white ribbon with stripes and dots. A huge spray of feathers gives it height and presence. I am honored to have been selected again this year.Here’s a link to the other hats that made the cut. As you can see, there are some fabulous styles to compete with! http://www.flickr.com/photos/77780824@N08/sets/72157634195543015/

Trying something new

I stood in my closet this morning and stared at the same old stuff I wear over and over again. I decided to break out of the mold and wearing something completely different.

Once I arrived at the studio, I knew I wanted to spend the day blocking hats and thought I’d try the same philosophy – so rather than going to my “old faithful” blocks, I dusted off some of the vintage blocks I haven’t used for ages.

I’m in love with this cute little hat! It’s fun and sporty and flirty. I used a beret-like vintage crown block to get the shape at the top and then free-form sculpted the brim. A pretty silk band, grosgrain ribbon and cheery flower complete the look. Now I’m looking at my blocks in an entirely different light!

Pink asymmetrical cloche

Pink asymmetrical cloche


Vintage Hats

I’m so excited! I just purchased a collection of 87 vintage hats. Here’s a teaser – 42 hat boxes full of everything from picture hats to pillboxes. I’m currently focusing my efforts on the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, which begins on Friday, February 22 and runs through the 24th. If you’re going to be in the Baltimore area let me know and I’ll send you a free admission pass. Once I’m back from the show, I’ll begin refreshing and restoring some of the vintage pieces, although most are in marvelous shape. Stay tuned because there’s much more vintage goodness to come!

42 Vintage Hat Boxes. What's inside?

42 Vintage Hat Boxes. What’s inside?


What a Great Hat Open Studio Saturday


My studio will be open this coming Saturday, September 15th, from 11 am – 3 pm. I have a lot of new things for you to see and will be discounting a few hats from the past – some of the “arty” pieces that have been in shows and galleries as well as some styles I’m no longer making. The red and blue beret below was hand felted and hand beaded – originally priced at $160 it’s now just $60. The newsboy cap was originally $98 and has been marked down to $58. Hope you’ll stop by to see what’s new for fall and winter…and while you’re at it, take advantage of some great bargains from prior seasons!

Hand beaded and hand felted wool beret

Tan and teal Newsboy cap


Lakewood Arts Festival this Saturday, August 4


If you’re in the Lakewood area this Saturday, I hope you’re able to stop by the Lakewood Arts Festival between 10 am and 6 pm. Although it’s my first time doing this show, I’ve had a lot of people – both artists and art-lovers – tell me it’s one of their favorites. This pretty knotted straw cloche has been one of my best-selling hats this summer – I will bring it with me on Saturday…you can find me in booth 13.

Natural Knotted Sisal Cloche