Friday, May 2, 2008

Derby Hat Swap

A few months back I joined Bristol's Derby Hat Swap. I thought, wow I have a few months I can get this done in no time !!! Lol, Ya, OK.............. After weeks of stressing and thinking, what have I Done ?? I know Nothing, Nada, Zilch about hats. I don't wear them, I don't even wear my hair up in a ponytail. So, what was I thinking ????? lol Anyhow, after all the stress, and fear wore off, I finally had a vision of what I wanted for my sweet Partner Priscilla, And of course, changed my mind 50 more times. But went back to my original thought. I wanted something Elegant for her, as she is such a classy lady. And I wanted to do something very traditional, like would have been REALLY worn back in the 1940's. So, I painted this vintage hat white, and then I stitched on some vintage tulle, all the way around the brim, and gathered it. Soft silky white gathered fabric adorns the top, with a gathered bow. I then added two of the PRETTIEST soft aqua plumes, and a Huge rhinestone broach. This is very simple and I love it !! I hope Priscilla likes it and isn't disappointed.Of course I was late mailing it too !!! Please go check out all of the WONDERFUL hats that were made. I am in AWE of all of the talent out there. I have been sick all week again, with this chest pain thing. I am learning how to live with this and what to do when it starts to hurt, but it is taking time. However, I am So grateful that this is not worse. That and have had the internet people out here 7 times in the last three weeks. I cant keep a signal. So, if I haven't blogged and visited you lately, I do hope you understand, I love all of you, and want you to know, whenever I visit your blog, I stop and pray for you, for your families, your artwork and all of the things that touch your lives. It takes me a FULL day to go thru my list on the left there. But a Full day very well spent. I enjoy each and every friend that I have made online, and cherish each of you. :) By the way, This is the BEFORE picture, lol.



Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Rhea, your hat is SO SO SO Gorgeous!!!! It is just perfect in every way. What a lucky girl Priscilla is! xoxo Heather

Anonymous said...

Hi sweet Rhea!!

Ooooooh, that hat is divine!!! So extremely elegant!!! I'm so sorry you haven't been feeling well! :(
I've missed you!!!

*hugs* Dara

Flea Market Queen said...

Ah, is that mine!
I adore it Rhea, I truly do!
Thanks & I can't wait to get it...
I know what you mean about the stress factor on this one, I didn't have a clue where to start!
I hope you like it when you receive it!
Love this hat...

PS...take gentle care

Secondhandrose said...

Rhea, you captured elegant perfectly. She will be very happy.

Sabii Wabii said...

Great job on the hat....It's soft but makes a statement. Especially with the "bit o' bling'...

Kathy said...

That is simply one of the prettiest and most elegant hats I have ever seen. Amazing...and the colors are incredible.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

So pretty! Your vision was perfect I just love it! I am bummed that I missed this swap...where was I????? Yours is amazing!

Cheryl said...

OH Rhea...this is SCRUMPTIOUS. Sooooo very lovely!

Vintage Tea said...

What a gorgeous hat... so elegant!

Victoria x

Kelley said...

Oh My! What an elegant hat, I am sure we will see it be worn next year on TV at the Derby. It is reason enough for your swap partner to get tickets.
Your birdie house flying your way on Monday. Take care and I hope you feel better.

celestina marie said...

Hi Rhea, your hat creation is over the top elegant and extremely lovely like all that you create!! She will love it. So sorry to read you felt sick this week. Prayers for you that you feel better soon.
Blessings always,
La Rea Rose

shirl said...

Rhea, that came out just gorgeous! It's so elegant, lucky swap partner that you have!

Anonymous said...

I am having hat envy - what a stunning hat Miss Rhea!
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Lori said...

Rhea, you hat is gorgeous!!! so soft and pretty and sweet:) lovely work!!!

LW said...

What a lovely hat..
Love the color, love the plume...

It is Gorgeous!


Sharon said...

The hat is stunning and so elegant, I'm sure your swap partner will be thrilled to own a Rhea Original. I can see a whole new venture in your future.

suzanne said...

hi there,i love your site and your pretty roses, i have selected you for an award on my site, drop by and pick it up at your convenience.

Denise said...

Miss Rhea! You are SO incredibly creative! I called for my daughter to come look, Miss Rhea has the most gorgeous hat on her blog~ and the whole family came running! Smile! You see I'm having a Mother-Daughter Garden Tea here at my cottage later this month and we've been searching for the perfect hats to wear. We'll have to see what we can do since we aren't as lucky as Miss Pricilla.

I hope you get to feeling better soon. So sorry they haven't been able to find out what's causing all this discomfort. You are in our prayers.

Have a blessed week!

Sandy said...

Rhea, Your hat is absolutely gorgeous! I wish we wore hats in this country like we used to!
Have a wonderful day.
Sandy :)

IsabellaCloset said...

Rhea, Wow this hat is just FABULOUS! I love it.
Blessings ~Mary~ :-}

Adla said...

what a pretty transformation from it's original... am sure priscilla is going to love it!

Charity said...

What a gorgeous shade of blue that feather is! Fun, fun idea.


Devonia said...

Rhea, Omgoodness, you did the Derby Hat Swap. I would never have dared! This is so original. I love it. I saw your link on Suzannes and had to pop over. My bests, Devonia

Lori said...

Rhea, That is such a beautiful feminine hat, great job!!! I have a big favor on my site if you have a sec could you pop over? Take care, Lori

Anonymous said...

this hat is STUNNING!!!!
so classic and chic!
lucky pricilla

Bertie said...

Rhea, LOVE the hat. You did a fabulous job!! Very unusual and elegant. Do I recognize that vintage tulle?

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