Monday, 27 June 2016

Cornwall Holiday 2016 - Boscastle.

Just a couple of photos I missed of Hitty Madge in Boscastle.  The rest of the photos are on my other blog.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Anniversary Challenge - Part Two: Museum Quality Dress

Hitty Ethel has been hard at work making Hitty Madge a 'Museum Quality' dress for the Anniversary Challenge. 

She has used some lovely fabric that is 100% cotton and combined it with some vintage trim and lace.

We're not convinced by the lace at the bottom hem though and think we might remove it...

Cornwall Holiday 2016

Hitty Madge had a lovely time in Cornwall...the weather could have been better at times but she still managed to get to see some stunning gardens.  The trip has been blogged about on 'Holidays with Henry' blog  

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

The Yellow Hat Society Meeting: Sunday 5th June 2016

We held our meeting of the Rose Cottage Yellow Hat Society and much was discussed.

We started with the minutes from our last meeting which was held, goodness just over two years ago!  A lot has happened since then... and we briefly reflect with sadness, but also some happy memories,  the loss of our other main UK Hitty Girls member, Caro and the Wren Cottage Dolls who were a large part of our discussion at the last meeting when we were arranging a meet up.

We moved on to the most important business which was to reinstate the Yellow Hat Society on Hitty Girls.  We have many keen members, both new and old who wish to keep it going.

Hitty Granny Estelle acted as our secretary to take down the minutes.

New membership certificates need to be designed and I nominated Hitty Madge as she is our resident artist.  

Hitty Mary Jean seconded the nomination and also added she would be keen to help as she is 'up with technology' as she put it.

It was suggested that to cut down on postage costs that these new membership certificates be emailed to new members to be printed out - this is a suggestion we will put to the Hitty Girls.

There is to be an Annual General Meeting on the Anniversary of the Hitty Girls Yahoo Group at the end of July.

As can be seen many of our members still do no have hats - this too must be remedied and is to be put on our urgent 'To Do' list.  Hitty Ethel has agreed to get on with this.  Hitty Scary's attention seemed to be wandering, so we suggested she help Hitty Ethel with this task as nine more hats are needed, and perhaps some better designs than our current yellow 'crowns'.  

Hitty Carol Faith said she could perhaps try crocheting some hats with the pattern supplied by Hitty Girls.

It was agreed we will put these few ideas to the Hitty Girls group and regroup with any further ideas and discussions as necessary.  In the meantime we need to get cracking on with the membership certificate.

(Absent from meeting:  Hitty Rimu and Hitty Natalie Rose)

At the conclusion of business we adjourn to the Rose Cottage Tearooms to partake in tea and cake! 

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Carving Hitty 8

I've been working on Hitty 8 today...  she was partly done, and I have been trying to smooth her out and thin her down a bit - I think I may have over slimmed her hips!

I quite like her profile.

Over an hour later, my arm still doesn't feel 'right' so think I may have over done it a bit!

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Reinstating the Yellow Hat Society.

The Yellow Hat Society needs reinstating so I (Hitty Patience) has decided that we need to get the ball rolling by hosting a Yellow Hat Society meeting at Rose Cottage.

I start by letting all the girls know that we will be holding a meeting tomorrow (Sunday 5th June) to plan what we need to do to get it up and running again.

There will be lots to do, so I need everyone to attend.

There are quite a few new girls here at Rose Cottage since our last meeting which was my goodness two years ago!  (Posts can be read here and here)  So much has happened since then. 

Hitty Joyful has offered the use of the tearoom if required.  She is happy to provide refreshments. 


The first official United States meeting of the Yellow Hat Society took place at Camp Wanna Do in Richmond, VA on February 13, 2010 and was presided on by Ambassador from Denmark by way of her US birth, Hitty Nanny Hope, who went on to live elsewhere (current whereabouts unknown).  The link to the  online meeting report can be found  here.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

15th Anniversary Challenge - Part One.

Much excitement here at Rose Cottage as Hitty Girls at yahoogroups is celebrating 15 years of fun on July 30th and to build up with this there is a really fun Anniversary Challenge over the next few months.

We are going to be giving a favourite Hitty a very special trunk set.

First of all we have to choose a Hitty - now that is a difficult one!

Do I choose Hitty Madge, who is definitely my favourite girl without a doubt, and whom some may considered 'spoiled' as she has rather a collection of special clothes of her own already.  It must be noted though that she does share these clothes at times, until the borrower gets something special of her own to wear.
Do I choose amongst one of my other special Hittys - as yes they are all special really...

Or do I carve one especially for this challenge.  I do have one 'under the knife' as it were, but my carving mojo is not especially active at the moment.

So therein lies my first dilemma.

The first of the challenges is to find or make a suitable trunk.  This trunk  has to be large and roomy enough to contain all the 15th Anniversary fun items we make, swap or collect.

Well Hitty Madge has made a start choosing a trunk...

Looks like she has found two sizes to choose from...

Will it be the smaller one?

She can lie down in it, but there might not be enough room for all her goodies...

Or the larger one?

This might be better:  a special compartment could be made for her to lie in at one size.

She is not sure yet - we do have another trunk in this size, currently used by another 'small person'  but it has quite a nice quote on it so we may 'swap' trunks.

The second of the challenges is to make a museum quality dress.  This dress needs to be of the quality you would imagine Hitty to be wearing in a museum one day.  So it needs to be quite different from her regular dresses.  It should be made from a natural material - so cotton, silk, bamboo, wool etc...

Well Hitty Madge has called in Hitty Ethel, the Rose Cottage dressmaker to help her choose some suitable fabrics.

I think the unseasonal 'Autumnal' weather today might be influencing them in their choice at the moment.

Not sure if all the materials they have pulled out quite fit the 'completely' natural material at the moment.

They might need to keep looking.


Further challenges are:

Undergarments Swap

1830's to 1860's Bonnet Challenge

Day Dress Swap

Nightgown Challenge
Cape/Shawl Swap

Daycap and Reticule Swap

Quilt Swap

What fun!