Featured Fridays – Topsy Turvy Design

An email from my pastor this morning reminded me that this Sunday is Palm Sunday.  Wait a minute, where did that come from?  That means that next Sunday is Easter Sunday, and it just seems a little too soon for Easter to be here already.  Palm Sunday really sneaked up on me this year.

As I was thinking about Holy Week, I was reminded of Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade:

In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,

You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade…

Now, of course, the point of the Easter season is the celebration of the loving sacrifice that Christ made for us.  However, it also brings back childhood memories of bright sunny Easter mornings, waking up to see what the Easter Bunny had left during the night, and getting all dressed up in our new Easter dresses before heading out to church, and then to a big lunch with family.  Sometimes the Easter dresses were accompanied by special accessories like…dare I say it…hats!

I love hats.  I don’t have terribly many, but I love to have an occasion to wear one.  I watch British films with envy when they include wedding scenes, because hats at such functions appear to be the standard over there, and not so much over here.   A few weeks ago, this week’s Featured Friday seller was featured in Etsy’s Handmade Portraits, and I greatly enjoyed the segment.  So, without further ado, here’s this week’s Featured Fridays seller, Topsy Turvy Design!

Store Name: Topsy Turvy Design

Tag Line: I Make Hatties!

First Name: Kim

Physical Location: Oakland, California

Inventory: “Costume Accessories for Stage, Film & Play”…hats, hats, hats!

Links: shop, flickr, facebook, twitter, customer gallery

These hats are something else.  No, I really mean that.  You won’t be able to swing by your nearest department store and pick up a hat that rivals anything you will find at Topsy Turvy Design.  They are vibrant, whimsical, colorful, and full of life.  Kim’s toppers come in a wide range of sizes, from the Mini Rhinestone Top Hat and small peacock feather hair clips, to the Seafaring Pirate Hat.  Her shop is full of wonderful photography featuring gorgeous models showing off her beautiful creations.  Be sure to check it out!  And just to whet your appetite, here are a few of my favorites.

While I’m not suggesting you grab one to wear to church on Easter Sunday (who would be able to focus on the sermon with one of these awesome hats in the room?), I definitely think you can find find an occasion for at least one. :-)

The Holly - Victorian Bridal Top Hat - As Seen in Gothic Beauty Magazine 28
Bell Hop-Cigarette Girl- Pill Box Hat
The Polly - Feather Fascinator - Flapper
Seafaring Pirate Hat - Tricorn - As Seen in Gothic Beauty Magazine 24

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