Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Chicks on a Bonnet!

If you're a grandma, you likely recall the hat wearing era of the 1950s. To venture forth those years without one plopped atop the head was a fashion crime akin to leaving home bereft of shoes! Netted, jeweled, satin, velvet, pinned, and feathered - both mother and grandmother had hats galore, and I ached to reach the age where I could sport my own.

There was, however, an annual hat wearer's holiday inclusive of the youngest among us, and that, of course, was Easter. Arriving brimmed and be-ribboned for early morning Mass, my sisters and I primly perched upon our pews, peeking furtive glances at the finery amidst us. Oh, the records set those days in sins of pride and envy inside that holy place!

But I like hats, I will not lie, and hate to see them ousted!

Want to make a really, really cute one?

My fanciful salute to vintage years is a thrifty one as well. Basic hats hail from Dollar Tree! To those you'll add:

glittery eggs
pastel feathers*
paper basket filler* (1.5 oz. decorates 4)
eyelet or lace trim (hat diameter x 3.14")
pastel ribbon (3" wired preferred)
sparkly tulle roll (6" wide)
a flock of fuzzy chicks
hot glue gun

*also from Dollar Tree

1. Flip hat upside down and glue eyelet or lace trim all around edge of circumference. Flip it back and hot glue basket filler all around base of dome as shown, far right.

2. Tie ribbon into a generous bow. Make it a double by layering an equal length of tulle beneath. Glue the bow to hat as shown.

3. Cluster eggs in three equally spaced areas. Glue them down, adding feathers and chicks.

When my little ladies arrive for Easter dinner, I'll greet them with a hat, a cuddly stuffed bunny, and an escort to the kids' a chick, there a chick, everywhere a cute lil chick a-chirpin'!
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  1. Oh my goodness! Those hats are so cute! But those girlies... sheesh. Truly adorable. You make me soooo wish I had a granddaughter! (Wonder if my grandsons would go for the hats. Ha! Yeah. Right.) :-D

  2. Oh gosh, the girls are so darn cute! I remember wearing our Easter hats and gloves as a child. A lost tradition for sure. This hat idea is the sweetest! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  3. Love the bonnets, pretty grandbabies too! Thanks for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty, I shared your post.

  4. Hello, the girls re adorable and I love the cute bonnets.
    Happy Easter to you and your family!

  5. Oh Joyce those girls are adorable!! I noticed them first of course..the bonnets are a complement to their beauty. You all look the same, LOL! Your daughters and grandgirls are quite the clone of you :)

  6. Hello J, Your grand daughters are gorgeous in their lovely Easter hats ,you are so clever. Lovely post.
    Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words during my time of sadness is most appreciated. xx
    It is most appreciated.

  7. Adorable looking hats. Thanks for linking up with #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

  8. Thank you for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

  9. Those hats are so cute but the girls are cuter! I bet they love their hats. Hope you have a wonderful Easter.

  10. Just about the time I think you can't take it over the top 'again,' you do it. These hats on those beautiful girls are just too cute. They are even better than cute, they are beautiful. I can only imagine the fun you will have today. :-) I remember the hat and glove days. One Easter I was standing outside Church waiting to line up with my class ( remember those days), and there was a thread on my one of my gloves. I pulled that thread and was so mesmerized as it started going around my fingers, I kept pulling. Yep, there were my little fingers poking right out as the top and bottom of that glove just flapped in the breeze. Hysterical today, but not so funny then. :-) Have a blast with all those beautiful grands of yours. Enjoy every moment.

  11. Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this post at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared on social media.

  12. So very cute! Thank you for linking up at #TheBloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

  13. These hats are adorable Joyce. I'm pinning this for an Easter craft with my granddaughter next year. Thanks for sharing.

  14. This is such a fun idea! We might have to do it next year, because we even grabbed a fun hat like this at the dollar store this year. Thanks for joining us at #FridayFrivolity this week!

  15. I LOVED this post and the beautiful pictures. I sent this to all my daughters with little precious.

  16. Good morning Joyce! I have been looking through your blog and your grand babies are just as beautiful as can be! And how they have grown. And these hats! So beautiful, I am pinning for next year. Now I am going to go look through more of your post and catch up on whats happening.