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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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A Hattast-ique Halloween

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It is that time of year again. The neighborhood streets will be filled with ghosts, witches and terrifying creatures. This is not the time to be afraid. It is time to embrace the spirit of Halloween! "All Hallow's Eve" Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic celebration "All Hallows Day", a three day long festival honoring the Saints and the faithfully departed. Over the centuries new traditions have taken place. But over all, the meaning still remains. Halloween is a time for honoring the dead. A Hattast-ique Halloween As a kid, this day was always one of my favorite holidays. Maybe...

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Four Hattast-ique Years

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October is here. There is a chill in the air. A change in the wind. The days are getting shorter. The sunsets are more vibrant.There's something strangely beautiful about this season. It reminds me how important it is allow changes to flow. I cannot stop a leaf from letting go of it's branch. I can only appreciate the act of life that it graciously expresses. From a bud to a flower in the spring, to the thriving green leafs that hang from the tree all summer, to an explosion of bright warm colors that cover the earth, as we slowly...

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Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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With the new season just around the corner, I can't help but to think change is in the air again. The school year has begun. Summer has surely ended. It feels as though time is speeding up, racing towards the end of the year. There is nothing I can do about this never fleeting feeling except to sit back and enjoy the ride.   As I think about all the different stages of life, I realize that with without change, we can never experience anything new. And though some changes can hit you like a tidal wave, there is always...

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