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Vendor Village Pt.2

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“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.” Building a Community Since the beginning of Hattast-ique, we have always had a strong sense of community. We understand that the struggle of being on the road, living out of a suit case, working events day and night (sometimes as long as 15 hour days), is easier when you have a good support system behind you. It is easier when you can relate to and make friends with your fellow vendors. There is more to the life of a vendor than setting...

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Taking the World by Storm

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“There is peace even in the storm” - Vincent van Gogh Have you ever looked at the sky after a thunderstorm? Did you notice how the light blue sky lightens up the dark grey clouds as they're pushed away by the wind? Did you notice how the air feels lighter and how the smell of rain lingers? Storms can be a beautiful, spectacular event. Here in the desert, we have Monsoons; an afternoon thunder shower with flash flood rains. You can always spot the storm coming. The wind picks up. The clouds gather together and turn dark. Even the sky turns a...

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Happy New Year

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We did it. Another full rotation around the sun. We celebrate because we are here, we're alive. We are inspired and full of motivation. We are making plans for a better year.  I don't know about you, but the first of the year is my favorite day. Don't get me wrong, Halloween and Christmas are great but there's just something about January 1st that inspires me like no other. The holiday season comes with the reminder that the spirit of joy, the spirit of giving, lives within us. It is up to each one of us to carry that through...

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Holiday Traditions

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Finally, it's December! All day and night there's a frost that lingers. Snow is falling outside and the fire inside warm our homes. It's the most wonderful time of the year! There are many things about this holiday season that bring me joy. From the lights to the carols, 'tis truly a season to be jolly!  I have many memories of great Christmases. Over the years, my own traditions have evolved from childhood to adulthood. I have kept some favorites and created some new ones. As a kid, my favorite holiday tradition was Christmas caroling. I know almost every Christmas...

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Creating Custom Top Hats

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When it comes to top hats, every one should be unique. At the turn of the century, when steampunk attire was the fashion statement of that time, everyone owned a top hat. From the Gambler style to a tall Abe Lincoln, top hats were made in all shapes and sizes. Even though people looked quite dapper, it's fair to say that back then, tops hats were not too unique.  Times have changed. Fashion has evolved. We can express who we are through how we dress. Which is why fashion has become so diverse and ever changing. Steampunk fashion has become...

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