Tuesday, November 11, 2008

HATS, HATS, AND MORE HATS......


In my About Me section, I mention that I have had a lifelong passion for flowers. I forgot to mention that along with that passion comes other passions. Namely, an addiction for shoes, handbags and.......hats!

My love affair with flowers led me one summer to a place that is renowned for their glorious window boxes and hydrangeas and roses blooming everywhere, that place is Nantucket, and I have gone every summer since.

On that first trip, I came upon an old antique red convertible Mercedes much like the one Cruella DeVil drives in 101 Dalmatians. Piled high in the back seat were black and white striped hat boxes....... and then I saw the sign "Peter Beaton Hats". So I followed the winding path to the quaint little shop off the cobblestone street, and I knew I was hooked. I purchased my first straw hat that year, and every year since. They have become somewhat of a collection, a memory for each summer that I visit.

As I pack them away now in their lovely black and white boxes, my thoughts go back to summer days in Nantucket, thoughts that will bring me through the long winter days ahead, thoughts that will keep me warm just thinking of my return there once again.....

How about you, what do you like to collect?

9 comments:

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Oh my, lets just put it this way, lol, what DON'T I collect? I'd have to say, mostly bowls, anything with a Vintage Bakery theme, plates, baskets , and Santas :) those would be my top 5 :) and shoes :)

I adore your hats!! fabulous and fun and oh so so pretty too! and of course, there really is no prettier place I know of that Nantucket, I just love that wonderful summer feeling it has and such beauty!! you are so lucky to go there once a year, Im jealous :) its a jewel of a place and so cottagey quaint !! I love Martha Vineyard too! Im a huge Susan Branch fan and anytime I read her books I feel like im there :) and your little story did just that too! Thanks for sharing!

~ Hugs ~ Cynthia

once in a blue moon... said...

very sweet post... i was planning on vacationing there this spring, thanks for planting the seed again~

Dawnie said...

I love hats! I have to confess I dont own any though other than what i call a "scary" hat, I wear it on really cold wintry days because it covers up the entire face except for the lips and eyes. When our boys were young they always called them the scary hats!

I am going to make your sauce this week! I'm EXCITED! I was gone for a seminar.

Gray Days!! said...

Sadly enough now that I think of it I don't collect anything. I have a lot of shoes, and books. But nothing worth writing about. I save a lot of memories with hopes to scrapbook. I think I am partially scared of clutter. My house already looks like a day care!! Although I love the hats, they suit you perfectly!

Rosenu Crisp said...

Eu adoro canecas,xícaras e agora
estou começando comprar taças não necessariamente iguais todas diferentes e ai é que está a graça.
Muito linda sua coleção de chapéu.
Obrigada pela visita no meu blog,
é uma honra recebe-la
Abraço.

I love mugs, and now
I'm starting to buy goblets not necessarily equal all different and there is what is so funny.
Very beautiful collection of his hat.
Thank you for visiting my blog,
is an honor to receive it
Hug.

(Sorry English)

Roseny Crisp said...

Eu adoro canecas,xícaras e agora
estou começando comprar taças não necessariamente iguais todas diferentes e ai é que está a graça.
Muito linda sua coleção de chapéu.
Obrigada pela visita no meu blog,
é uma honra recebe-la
Abraço.

I love mugs, and now
I'm starting to buy goblets not necessarily equal all different and there is what is so funny.
Very beautiful collection of his hat.
Thank you for visiting my blog,
is an honor to receive it
Hug.

(Sorry English)

CIELO said...

Good evening Carol... come see your pretty give-away on my dinner table... ;)

thanks again...

cielo

Tea Time With Melody said...

Love the hats, but most of all I LOVE the last pic of your blog which is your store. So eye catching. I want to shop there, time for a road trip!

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