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I started sewing when I was a little girl because I saw the amazing costumes my grandmother was making for her fashion show – Marge McLennon’s History of Women’s Fashion – and I wanted to create unique and fabulous fashions for my dolls. What began as doll clothes turned into clothes for myself and then clothes for my daughters. Each of my girls is different, creative, and opinionated. And they love hats. I originally made hats for them as a way to finish off the fabric I bought for their outfits, so each hat went with an outfit, but soon the girls started wearing their hats based on their moods and rarely matched the hat to what they were wearing. They had found a way to express themselves in a way that could be changed as they changed. One day my older daughter will wear a dinosaur hat and the next it is a girly sashed hat then a furry beret. I love it!

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  • Joined July 9, 2010

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Cotton, flannel, recycled denim, faux fur, anything pretty and washable

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I started sewing when I was a little girl because I saw the amazing costumes my grandmother was making for her fashion show – Marge McLennon’s History of Women’s Fashion – and I wanted to create unique and fabulous fashions for my dolls. What began as doll clothes turned into clothes for myself and then clothes for my daughters. Each of my girls is different, creative, and opinionated. And they love hats. I originally made hats for them as a way to finish off the fabric I bought for their outfits, so each hat went with an outfit, but soon the girls started wearing their hats based on their moods and rarely matched the hat to what they were wearing. They had found a way to express themselves in a way that could be changed as they changed. One day my older daughter will wear a dinosaur hat and the next it is a girly sashed hat then a furry beret. I love it!

I started Happy Walrus as a way to sell the excess of hats I started making and as a response to all the people who kept asking me where I got my girls’ hats from. My hope is to not only give myself a new creative outlet but also to help other parents enable and encourage their kids to show off their individuality. I make my hats and purses to stand up to my own kids, and my girls are very active. Hats and purses get dropped in parking lots, thrown out of trees, and are often used to carry found treasures such as rocks, bark, worms named Cinderella. Scrunch the hats up, stuff them in a purse, leave them in the trunk, then throw them in the wash like a pair of jeans (which I often use as a material for just this reason!). Let your happy kid have fun and be a kid with a hat which reflects his or her special personality. :-D

Right now we live in Illinois, but my husband is from Ukraine, and we have spent a lot of time there as well mostly in Kyiv. Our two fabulous daughters are also my models (the brunette is 5 and the blond is 8).

For updates about new hats and coupon codes, please see Happy Walrus's facebook page: www.facebook.com/HappyWalrusHats

I have a blog, too. happywalrusmom.blogspot.com

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