These days it can be a bit of a struggle to keep our spirits up. Days run into days, and I cannot keep straight if it is Monday or Thursday, LOL! Seems my quilting mojo has gone on coronacation, and it is difficult to figure out what to do. I can waste hours going down different rabbit holes on the internet, but that isn’t helpful to my mood or my productivity. So, what to do? Well, I have found a restaurant in town that has opened its outdoor patio in a fenced area behind their restaurant. They have the tables set well apart, and are following all the recommendations to keep customers safe. Of course, an outdoor outing definitely needs a hat. You all know by now that a new hat always lifts my spirit and I had one still sitting from a thrift store find last fall. Now would be a good time to get it out, dress it up and have lunch with a friend outdoors.
I’ve had the hat sitting on the workbench shelf waiting for decoration for some time. I decided that I needed one with green on it to go with a pair of summer sandals. I also have a pair of shorts in this sage green color so it would go with several outfits. The only ribbon I could find in this color was tulle. I really wanted a more casual grosgrain, but the store didn’t have that color. So I wrapped the tulle twice around the crown base and secured with hot glue.
To add more decorative interest, lace was glued on top of the ribbon.
Then I made a flat bow and added a spray of greenish white flowers to finish. Normally I add the extra elements to the back, but this time I put them on the left side.
All done, it only took a few minutes to finish. The nice part is it will cover up my hair, which desperately needs a cut.
Here it is with my cute green suede sandals with gold hardware.
And so lunch on Wednesday with My Sweet Babboo and a lovely friend. This is the outdoor patio at Sol Y Luna in Laurel Park, NC. We had a fabulous Mexican meal, with wait staff all wearing masks, and only three occupied tables the entire time we were there. So nice to have a meal at a restaurant!
I love wearing hats, especially at outdoor events. I’ve remade a number of them over the years I’ve been blogging. Wanna see more? I made this hat from a thrift store find for a patriotic holiday, then remade it into a red/white combo on my post Refashioning A Hat. It went from this…
Then I wanted one for our introduction to the Mini Cooper Club with our car named Caliente. I found another thrift store hat, put chili pepper fabric into it for a band, then made a purse and sunglasses case to match on Caliente Hat.
On another post, I wanted a hat to go with my favorite floral sweater for a drive. My Spring Hat Makeover was a success.
I know this post seems to be just frivolous when there is so much worry in the world right now. The news is full of heartache, violence and daily death counts. Closer to home, other friends are facing daily challenges to their health, especially with this pandemic. A fellow blogger is going through tests to find out what is wrong with her heart. A car club member just found out he has an inoperable glioma brain tumor, and his prognosis is very poor. Another dear friend lost her husband just a few weeks ago. More friends are having difficulty with the isolation and depression. I hope that by writing these kinds of posts, that I can take your mind off your troubles for just a bit, and that my blog will always be a spot for you to escape and to be inspired to create.
What are you doing to keep your spirits up now?