Last week we met at Susan's house for Cupcake Club. It was Hat Box Day. Not our current group project, the Hat Box Quilts, instead we covered Hat Boxes. We were delighted to see this project on Alma's blog; Blackbird Designs and we knew we had to try it. I hope Alma find this post, I wanted to send her an email, but can not locate an address. Her blog provided us with the instructions and inspiration!
Here we are getting our supplies ready.
We went to work on the box lids.
Here are views of Jill's lid. She used this pretty pink fabric and sweet bird paper for the lining which was copied from a file folder.
Susan used a copy from a childrens book.
Here is mine. I decided to use this George Washington fabric. I used a piece of scrapbook paper for the lining.
With the lids finished, we broke for lunch. Susan made beef vegetable soup, rolls and a delicious cucumber salad. How cute are Christmas cupcake napkins?
For dessert I brought gingerbread and Susan added Madeline cookies. I was in such a rush to dig in that the photo is out of focus, sorry.
After lunch we started the bottom of the hat boxes.
Here is Jill's:
And Susan's. She used a crazy quilt paper for the sides and a Swedish children's proverb on the bottom.
And I used copies of old photos. Jill and her friend, Mary Beth got me collecting this "homely" women photo cards. They are so funny. I think it's quite sad that they show up for pennies at flea markets. Who are these women?
And here are the hat boxes finished. Jill's is on top, mine on the bottom and Susan on the side. It took us most of the day, but we all feel it will go more quickly next time. I think they turned out beautifully!
I'm quite pleased with George and the ladies and look forward to filling it up. Maybe I'll store my old photo collection inside.
While waiting to get started, I took pictures of Susan's decorations. Her sun room looks so cheery with the icicle lights. She and her husband made all the wooden decorations on the windowsills.
Here are Susan's Mongolian Hats, from Mongolia, and a quilt in her front hall.
Susan's award winning quilt over a door.
And my favorite, these kitchy vintage door knob hangers - so cute!
And lastly, for no particular reason this hawk came for a visit in my Dogwood tree. I was talking to Mary at the time and took this photo through the back door. What a nice holiday visit, I see it as a good omen.