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I make party hats.

August 13, 2010

I bet you were wondering where the party hats came in to play!  Well it’s one of my passions.  I first made party hats for New Years Eve 15 years ago.  I’ve never made two alike.

I think this one should be worn while eating ice cream.

My party hats aren’t just for New Years Eve or first birthday parties, they are perfect for any celebration.  Graduations, baby showers, bachelor or bachelorette nights, weddings, adult birthday parties, Fourth of July are just a few of the special occasions calling out for special headgear.  You don’t even have to be attending a party, you could wear one for a walk-a-thon  or while weeding the garden.  When I wear a party hat while working at home the creativity just flows!

Pair with elbow length gloves.

Along with new craft supplies I re-purpose  jewelry, buttons, fabric and any other special treasures I come across.  Before I get rid of anything I think to myself, “Can this be used on a hat?”  I have quite a collection of odd objects just waiting patiently to be used on a one of a kind creation.

Red nose and squirting flower are optional.

I sell my original party hats in my etsy store and I also take requests. I’ve made large quantities for wedding receptions and birthday parties.  People tell me they still have the party hats I gave them years ago hanging on the wall or sitting on a dresser.   That makes me happy!


I sell things

September 24, 2009

Like so many bloggers, I have an etsy shop as well as an ebay account.  Currently I am selling many items, the majority of them being vintage.   I adore most of these things but think that someone else might love them more.   I also love the whole process of photographing, researching and describing each object.  It’s fun to learn the history behind the companies and publishers.  From time to time I will feature some of the items I am selling and share what I have learned.

Little doggie

He's not a Dakin Dream Pet, but he used to be mine.

The tag on this little, stuffed dog is too faded to read the manufacturer, but he was made in Japan with all new products.  He is very, very similar in style to a Dream Pets by Dakin toy.

The story behind Dream Pets is that in the 1950’s in Japan, a company was shipping toy trains and needed something to pad the trains.  Small, sawdust stuffed toys were thrown in the box.  The customers loved them and wanted more.

They are currently making reproductions of some of the original Dream Pets and I believe the were being sold at Cracker Barrel restaurants.  From the photos these new Pets do look cute, but I would have to see them in person to give any real critique!

Anyway, this wee, little doggie is up for grabs on my etsy shop right now.