My first ever headpiece was made on the kitchen table. I needed something to go to the races (my first time), couldn’t find anything in the shops. So I bought a few “ingredients” in a craft shop, got out the hot glue gun and “nailed” something together that complemented my outfit and in return got compliments by other racegoers. The rest as they say is history.
Almost instantly the millinery bug got to me. Some years earlier we built a big garage with attached guest house. Being from Europe makes one a popular holiday destination for friends and family who usually stay anything from 4 weeks to several months…it is a long way to come after all. So we wanted to provide a nice accommodation that gave both them and us privacy as well.
My initial hat making took place in a corner of the lounge part of our guest house…then on the pool table…then I moved the pool table into the entry part and made that space mine. After that I got myself a big cutting table, moved it back into the lounge corner, made this my workspace and the entry part became my showroom. The pool table was sold.
This is what it looked like a while after claiming the space, fairly crammed and cluttered. Things were shifted around a few times:
This is what the showroom looks like now after a paint job, new floor, a lovely vintage cabinet and a pretty chandelier:
One corner of the showroom houses some of my hat blocks – clients always comment and are quite interested in them
As of now – the open plan living / bedroom space has been divided off and I now inhabit the whole ex living area and entry space. I accumulated a few vintage cabinets, they have a nice feel about them and provide excellent storage.
I am enjoying the space I have now. It’s quite spacious, I get a good amount of daylight which is so important. Most things are well organized – I doubt you will find a milliner who will ever say they have enough space . …
Am I done rearranging and shifting around? Probably not, but this will do quite nicely, for a while at least :)
p.s. there is still a guest bedroom with bathroom available for guests ;)