An artist, starving or
otherwise, will train themselves to be an opportunist, probably, out of
necessity. Anyway, one might have quite an investment in materials if some
common sense is not used.
These basic straw hats were
given to me by a neighbor who had traded them for something or other. He
is a bachelor and certainly did not need lady's straw hats. I took them
and added bits of saved laces, silk flowers and ribbons.
Every time there is an art
show and crafts exhibit I take them and hang them around the other things.
So far, haven't sold one, but not to despair since they add a touch of
color and whimsey to the displays. Meanwhile, we have fun with them here
at the house where they hang about here and there, wherever we wish to
lighten up a spot.
The little girls love to
wear them out in the sun and it gives me an opportunity to tell them about
my Grandmother Bell who insisted I always wear a hat in the sun so as not
to have freckles and to have milk white skin rather than a heavy tanned
look. We all have a good laugh when I show them my freckles and tan,
"Sorry Gramma Bell, I didn't listen and look what happened to me."