The teacup hat is more for me than for the kids. All that a teacup represents, socialing with friends, domesticity, acceptable behavior or not being accepted (as Alice wasn’t in the tea party scene, in Alice in wonderland) are dashed by wearing this hat. Like wearing a lampshade on your head, wearing my teacup on your head says to me “#!*!” to all that is expected of you. Are you brave enough not to wear the latest fashion? to look silly? to call attention to yourself? This hat says “fun” to me and don’t we all need a little fun? I added a base and handle to the hat, I added bias tape around the edges to imitate gold leaf trim found on fancy teacups and I appliqued some fruit that I cut out of an antique piece of cloth. Voila-teacup!
Kids love cats! A cat is always a good topic when you’re creating something. Kids prefer the cat costumes and hats out of all of the animals in my store. I love it when moms come in and tell me that they need a second cat costume because their child sleeps in theirs and they need a spare so they can wash the other one without causing a scene. Helen is wearing a white kitty hat, but I think if it was grey, black or orange (minus the puff of maribou on top) boys would wear it too.
Emili, Helen and Diana are school buddies, 8 years old. My animal summer hats are still appropriate for this age group and up to around 11 years old, depending on your child.
This bird in a nest hat makes me laugh out loud and snort! When my girls see this reaction of mine to my work they say “mama, you crack yourself up, don’t you?” The shape of this bird sitting in her nest just lends itself to the shape of the hat. I think this hat looks British; the British have always been pretty serious about their hats; God save the Queen!
But the older kids need to be pursueded to wear hats. It’s important that the hats I make are cute or appealing to little kids because I think it easier to convice a child to wear the hat. I’ve been making hats with themes that I know children will love. I KNOW that all children love animals, little girls love pink, pretty things, boys love things with wheels and manly animals. What is a manly animal you may wonder. Well mothers in my store have explained to me that they don’t like “girly” animals on their boys like bunnies, kitties or duckies. It has been explained to me by several different mothers, that if the animals might eat you, if it has big teeth and growls like a tiger, a lion or a prehistoric beast, these are the manliest and best animals of all for little boys!?. I also make a few hats just for myself, because I think that they are hilarious. If my girls see the hats in my studio and have a shrill response “OOOHHHHHH!!!!!!!!” in a pitch that only a dog can hear, I know they will be very popular!