Monday, March 25, 2013

Harbingers of Spring, and Maybe A Challenge?

How do you tell it's springtime in your town?  Daffodils and tulips blooming in a blaze of glory?  The warmer rays of sun shining through your window?  ANY rays of sun shining through your window?

Around here, you can tell it's spring when the stores bring out the Derby hat displays -- here's what I spotted while out shopping this weekend...

The photo's a little blurry because the salesladies always give me the
stinkeye when I take pictures among the racks...
If you've been here for a while, you know that moving to this area of the country brought out my fascination in hats, as chronicled here and here, and here, among other spots.  I'll be honest - I got a little giddy when I saw these today.

I've entertained a fantasy of hosting a Triple Crown Bead Challenge (okay, so the name needs some work)  -- jewelry inspired by the awesome art of millinery.  I'd post some photos of fantastic, beautiful, and/or wacky hats that have been spotted at Derby, Ascot, or other famous races, and participants would choose one as an inspiration for a beady creation. It would be after the BSBP, probably with a reveal in May/June... What do you think?

9 comments:

KJ said...

Darn it, it would be difficult to resist. The reason why I do not engage in blog hops is the deadline. I do not finish my training until the beginning of June!

Sounds like a fabulous idea even if I am a party pooper. I still love to hop along.

Christine Altmiller said...

that amethyst geode cuff was incredibly gorgeous! i'm in!!! i think it is a splendid (simply splendid) idea :-D

Kepi said...

Sounds totally intriguing!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Bobbie,
Those hat are all so pretty and the colors like a rainbow! I am in that sounds like a wonderful challenge.
Therese

Patti Van said...

Love the hats - one of my best friends is from Louisville originally - would love to see The Derby one day! I have only joined one blog hop this year - I have lost my muse for hops and I don't know why...perhaps just the mention of any deadline and I go running in the opposite direction. Last year was the complete opposite...I wish I knew why!

Skylar Bre'z said...

Sounds like fun! Sign me up. Already picturing a Derby inspired piece...

BackstoryBeads said...

A Triple Crown Bead Challenge - that sounds like so much fun. I adore millinery - couture or crazy!

AntiquityTravelers said...

oh now that just sounds like fun. I'm so in on hat inspired jewelry!

Karen Williams said...

I'm a little slow on the uptake (or is that out the gates?), but I love the idea of a millinery themed challenge. I always love your posts on Derby hats!

Oh and I thought of you several times this last week as I cleaned out my old studio and kept finding runaway beads from long ago. :)