I’m Mad about My Hat!!

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am going to a Mad Hatter’s Ball to help raise money for the American Cancer Society in memory of my sister Pat, who died from acute leukemia. She was 15. That was 30 years ago, and the advancements made in research into that particular form of cancer has made great strides. When she died in 1980, the survival rate for children w/leukemia was about 15%. Today, it is over 80%. THAT is why I help in every way I can to help fund research. It saves lives.

Ok…on to the FABULOUS, beautiful, Can’t-Believe-I-Made-It Hat! (It’s not that I’m immodest. I’m happy and surprised and proud that I will represent Pat in this resplendent hat!)

It started out like this:

Please read this post that describes how special this hat is anyway…A lovely man had this hat in a yard sale, cleaning out his deceased wife’s things. Special story.

I wish I had taken pictures of the items I used, but you know me, impulsive. I just wanted to jump right in! I needed to find something that complimented the animal skin print on top, made it look more spring/summertime, and was under $10. Budget restraints and all that. Lucky, Hobby Lobby had all of their floral 50% off yesterday! I started to choose red, but when I saw this beautiful blue flower, I knew I had found my inspiration. I added sand colored feathers and stems to the mix to bring out the natural color of the cheetah print.

This is how it turned out!!

I want to add a bow to cover up all of the glue and “mechanics” of the construction. I am trying to find a burlap type ribbon to add more color and texture. Again, I just couldn't wait to share it!

I'm going to share my hat at Fireflies and Jelly Beans, Coastal Charms, The Thrifty Home's Penny Pinching Party and Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy 


  1. Cute hat, Vicky! Thanks for stopping, my AL neighbor. You are SO right about this heat & humidity. Oh my gosh, it's about to kill me. I picked up a fan for my porch though. I'm gonna beat it somehow!

  2. Love it! Love it! L-O-V-E it!!! <3

  3. Love it, love it, love it Vicky! It is resplendent indeed!


  4. Hi Vicky...just came across your blog from Southern Hospitality. Great posts!!

    I have a personal favor to ask of you...my MIL is having to make decisions about her mother (who has major dementia). She has many questions and is having a hard time finding someone to answer her questions. I was wondering if you could email her or if she could email you.??


  5. Hi Vicky...I love your hat - I remember when I was little my Mom always wore a hat to church! So elegant..I love hats..

    thanks for stopping by my 'place'..hope to see you again soon -

  6. Resplendent Indeed!! The colors and the materials all work together so beautifully, but what makes it all the more special, is the inspiring story associated with the hat, its purpose, for a good cause. Good job.

  7. Thanks, y'all! Sherrie, it is important to me...and I am ready to have fun for a good cause! It doesn't get much better than that, right?

  8. Oh I just adore hats! This is just fabulous. You'll be the belle of the ball. Add in a 10/9 tag. :)

  9. Laura! I found a graphic online of the original drawing of the Mad Hatter, and some dialogue, handwritten! On that hat, it had a 10/12 tag...how interesting.

    It is supposed that Lewis Carroll had a seizure disorder, and that could have lead to his vivid imagination. I, too, have a seizure disorder, and I can tell you, it is accompanied by some strange dreams! Take care, thanks for commenting!

  10. The hat is perfection itself! The story is very sweet, too. ~ Maureen

  11. Hi Vicky, I love what you did with your hat, I remember when I was a little girl, my grandmother had a cupboard where she kept ll her hats, a lot had veiling, soft flowers and feathers, I loved playing dress up with them.Thanks for sharing.. Now that we met come follow me, on my..... GFC....Oh! My Heartsie
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