Exercise has a peculiar effect upon me. Following any sweat producing exertion, I am unable to go to sleep at my usual time, and I gain weight and inches the following day. This first part is considered the bonus: Working out gives you more energy. The second I consider a reprimand: Vacuuming and weight lifting should be avoided at all cost.
Yesterday I vacuumed, lifted weighs, did ellipse training and swam. After going to bed at my customary 10 PM, I proceeded to toss and turn, as my mind was racing with thoughts of millinery. I’m sure most normal people experience this from time to time. At midnight I finally gave up, and got up, and allowed myself to drift into my hat room, to finish up the straw hat that I had mentioned in an earlier blog. The one I had blocked on the bowl from Marshalls.
My hand stitching was less than exemplary, but I did finish attaching the silk scarf that my mom had gotten me years ago at a garage sale. It functions as a tie back, securing the hat to the back of the head, rather than under the chin, as most people would guess.
Then I allowed myself some fun. I had been eyeing the directions to make the 3 Minute Hat Pin Rose for the last few weeks. This is a millinery method used in the 1920’s to create a temporary hat trim, allowing hats to be easily redressed, to co-ordinate with various outfits in a time efficient and economical manner.
Except that I was planning to make the trim permanent. In addition to the rose, I created a matching ruffle and sprigged it (Ha! For those of you who get the pun…) with gold stamen. I am currently all about stamen. They just make ribbon flowers come to life.
By 2 AM I had created the perfect trim. Usually projects completed in the wee hours (and judged lovely at the time) are subject to review, and a seam ripper, in the cold light of dawn.
Not so this time! I promise I will post a picture of this yet unnamed creation soon.