For those of us who spend any time outside in the garden, a simple garden hat is essential. The sun that we get everyday on short visits outside (a half hour here and there), is what really adds up over time in terms of skin damage. Also, keeping a hat on insures that the money spent on hair color does not go down the drain. In fact, hairstylists tell us to keep our heads covered while outside or at the beach in order not to end up with fried locks at the end of the summer.
I recently moved into an Victorian Queen Ann house complete with a wonderful perennial garden. We have 12 red rose bushes, a host of Coneflowers, Stargazer Lillies, Day lillies, Hydragena, to name a few. The upside is that it is truly gorgeous. The downside, the work spend weeding and keeping it looking immaculate. My trusty garden hat comes in very handy.
When I first started making hats back in 1993, I started with simple straw hats and glued on herbs such as lavender and rosemary. I would put them on the hat band. It was wearing one of those simple hats that elicited comments from my then boss at EMI Music, telling me that my hat was nice. Since this came from a man who wore $10,000 custom made suits, I took that as a huge compliment. From there, I started at FIT that fall and the rest is history.
Back to garden hats, don’t forget to put yours on. I encourage you to decorate one and just have a great time doing it. Purchase a simple inexpensive hat at a hobby store such as Michaels or Hobby Lobby. They should be on sale at this time of year. I did a few that were completely covered with moss.