I hope you all enjoyed your Canada Day/Independence Day long weekend! And if you didn’t get to celebrate a national holiday this weekend then I hope at least it was sunny where you were. Speaking of sun, I bought this hat at IKEA last summer for 99 cents. It is great to wear to baseball games to protect my pasty white skin.
Now I’ve discovered that it’s also a fantastic wearable parasol for LongJohn (so named because he’s a lanky albatross like his dad) when I’m wearing him out and about.
The problem is that in a good breeze the parasol becomes a parasail and I lose the darned thing. It’s very hard to chase down a hat while wearing a baby. So I need to make some modifications to keep the thing on my head, and while I do that, I might as well have some fun with it, right? With that in mind, I dug out a huge pink grosgrain ribbon.
I cut it to match the band around the hat. I set that aside for the moment.
Then I took two more pieces and wove them into the inside of the band, for straps to tie coquettishly around my chin. I felt very much like a Jane Austen character, dressing a bonnet, while I was doing this.
Tied off the ends to prevent fraying.
And then decided I needed a feather in my cap.
And because it was Pride Week in Toronto (Ottawa’s isn’t until August and it’s much more low key), I decided to put a rainbow of feathers in my cap.
I wound them together with some wire.
Used a bit of hot glue to ensure they stayed that way.
Then wove the wire end into the hat to fix the feathers in place.
And I managed to do all of this while still wearing LongJohn.
Then I glued the first piece of ribbon around the band, leaving room for the hat to expand as it gets squashed on my head.
And I took another piece of grosgrain, this one in black, and fashioned a rosette out of it.
The rosette fit nicely on top of the feathers, hiding the wire machinations.
Tada, my Mom Hat that I can wear with Pride!