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Happy Summer Solstice! / Hat of the Week Sketch – Ginger Strand cocktail hat, 2010

June 21, 2010

Summer is officially here (YAY!) and my husband and I have been eating our way through as much fresh summer produce as we can.  After all, the yummy produce is one of the best things about surviving the 100+ degree weather here in Texas.  Last night we feasted on potatoes, corn on the cob, green salad, and then fresh blackberries from our organic garden for dessert!  YUM!  I’m posting a few photos of the crop we picked last night along with a couple of the garden itself.  We’re not growing veggies this year – that part of the garden is too overgrown and shady now to produce anything – but the blackberries and grapes came back beautifully and practically took over.

organic blackberries from our garden

organic blackberries & grapes in our garden

our organic garden

However you decide to celebrate summer (a family vacation, laying out by the pool, or enjoying home made ice cream), be safe and don’t forget your hat!


Hat of the Week Sketch

Today’s HOTW is inspired by the summer produce that sits lazily at local farmer’s markets waiting for the right person to take it home for a snack.  This fun, kitschy cocktail hat made by myself (Ginger Strand) is a nod to the vintage hats of the 1940s when cherries were all the rage in fabric prints and as accessories, and cherry red was the color of choice for your sun-kissed lips.

The base is blocked and wired buckram covered in blue and white gingham* cotton (*the spirit of summer!), then decked out with fuzzy cherries made from upcycled fuzzy red fabric and foam scraps, wired green leaves made from upcycled velour pants, and silk dogwood blooms to complete the ensemble.  (All upcycled fabric has been thoroughly washed and dried.)

This little cocktail hat was photographed three weeks ago for a fashion magazine based out of Washington DC called Fashion Fights Poverty, to be printed in a few months.  Keep a look out for info in my Press page on my site!

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cherries cocktail hat by Ginger Strand, 2010

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  1. Patty Posteraro permalink
    June 21, 2010 9:27 pm

    Ginger – it is adorable! You have so much talent! And your blog is great! What a perfect couple you and Phillip are together!! So happy for both of you!

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