Tuesday, July 23, 2013


        Its been a year. Funny how time flies when you're having fun. Insert smiley face here.

"Lest We Forget"

Or Try To Do This...

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

NoNo Thank You and You are Welcome

So privileged to work with  Louis Verdad with photos taken by Star Photographer Tony Duran.


Sunday, May 20, 2012


I Was There....
I Got Some Groovy Gloves In French  "Dali"

I'm Going To This......
I Recommend This Book....

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Visitor

  He and his brother were loverly.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Figure 8 Easy 2* & My Beautiful Poupée

She's cute OK.
This is my beautiful poupée! I haven't named her yet.  Cristina de Prada who writes the fantastic blog "The Rantings of a Mad Hatter Wannabe" sent her to me along with her brother Joaquin. I love both of them!! What a treat a beautiful poupée and a dude with swag. Who could ask for more? Oh yeah, I could ask for more.. Cristina and Peter here too. Luv!!!

Here's how to make a fast and simple Figure 8 clamp style hat.  The Photos are what they are I used my iPhone. 

List of supplies: 
32" of spring wire,  1 wire joiner,  32 1/2" of  Fabric Tubing ( or I made felt tubing from a felt rounding),  Trim.

I measured 32"spring wire and attached the joiner on one end

I sewed a tube from an old felt rounding using the guide.

The wire was threaded through the felt tubing. The wire was joined with the joiner and the ends sewn together. 
Twist the round covered wire into an 8 shape. It will make a clicking noise. Pin where you want the Hinge to the clamp to be.

Sew the connection together

I added a 1 1/2"x 1" piece of felt to cover the connection
Bad Photo..Deal
Finished and........
clamped on my Beautiful Poupée

I trimmed it with a vintage berry vine

Yeah, She's Cute.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Figure 8 Out

Souped Up Figure 8 with a Little Bowl of Flowers

This is a Figure 8 clamp style Hat from the 30's/40's.  I bought this original years ago and it still had the paper 10 cent price tag on it from Woolworths.  Trust.  The tag disintegrated BOO!  Its a sweet little black number. I styled my leather flowers after the little vintage bouquet pinned to the side of the skull block.
 I started with a length of steel spring wire, felt tubing I made and a felt round I cut from left overs  from a hat.
I sewed the wire to the edge of the round with a wide zigzag stitch, it can also be sewn by hand. I overlapped the wire 1 1/2 inches.
Soft Metallic Leather
 I cut a 1 inch wide strip of leather instead of using the felt to bind and cover the edge of the round. The binding strip is started where the last of the zigzag stitches are and the wire is just a tail hanging alone. 
Sewing the Binding Strip
After the binding strip is sewn onto the round I threaded the felt tubing onto the wire tail and connected the felt tube ends together and I bent the tail wire with a pair of pliers at a right angle close as I could get to the zigzag stitching. Then I turned the binding and glued the edge of leather with some crazy glue called "Tiger __?__ Glue for Leather.  Its nice, it has no smell. I'll post the name later. 

I sewed the leather edges at the center back and added a small piece of the leather to cover the seam.  Looking back I should have used the felt.
I cut flower shapes from felt and the leather, added stamens,wire and brown floral tape and made a little bouquet to sit in the tiny soup bowl on the very top.

Top and Back .... Peace Out


Sunday, November 20, 2011

NBC "The Feast" Thanks to Hannah Snavely and Marco Villalobos

Designer and owner, S.

Los Angeles' newest haberdashery, The Millinery Guild, opened this fall on Beverly, bringing quirky hatter Susan "Montez" Murphy’s avante-garde, handcrafted creations to the Westside.
The light, bright and airy space stocks  Murphy's own vintage-inspired in-house line, Montez, which she crafts using wooden hat blocks circa the '30s and '40s, plus toppers by Cristina de Prada, Su WeHa, Bijou Van Ness and Carpe Diem.
And, while most folks come by the shop looking to replicate the adorned look of a certain sapphire-bedazzled newly-crowned princess, according to Murphy, anything goes when it comes to headwear, just as long as you're not headed to the movies.

Video by Marco Villalobos . 

  I'm Gobsmacked!