Happy Valentine’s Day with Aimee

Welcome, hello and Happy Valentine’s Day from Vivian and Hattingdon.

I started off with something quite different from what you are about to see.

My goal was a simple, sweet hat with the word love on it, and also imagined some stitching detail.

My original attempt fell quite short of what I originally envisioned. So I started over. This is a truer, simpler and I believe sweeter design.

I named the design Aimee and created it in three colorways: black, red and pink. What do you think?

The Aimee Hattingdon® design in black. © Vivian Grant Farrell.
The Aimee Hattingdon® design in black. © Vivian Grant Farrell.
The Aimee Hattingdon® design in pink. © Vivian Grant Farrell.
The Aimee Hattingdon® design in pink. © Vivian Grant Farrell.
The Aimee Hattingdon® design in red. © Vivian Grant Farrell.
The Aimee Hattingdon® design in red. © Vivian Grant Farrell.

Hattingdon and I wish you the sweetest of days.

Vivian's first name written out.

Top Five Christmas Designs 2016


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We thought you may have had enough top design lists, but no!

We have been receiving loads of emails asking for a Christmas list. Seems there is a bit of wagering going on too among certain Hattingdon fans. We are glad you are having so much fun.

In reverse order here they are.

Hattingdon® Top Sellers Artwork — No. 5.

Kris Hattingdon ©Vivian Grant Farrell.
KRIS

Hattingdon® Top Sellers Artwork — No. 4.

Nicky Hattingdon. © Vivian Grant Farrell.
NICKY

Hattingdon® Top Sellers Artwork — No. 3.

Plum Hattingdon. ©Vivian Grant Farrell.
PLUM (Pudding)

Hattingdon® Top Sellers Artwork — No. 2.

Clara Hattingdon. ©Vivian Grant Farrell.
CLARA

And the crown goes to . . .

Hattingdon® Top Sellers Artwork — No. 1.

Holly Hattingdon. © Vivian Grant Farrell.
HOLLY

Here are our winners again.

1. Holly
2. Clara
3. Plum
4. Nicky
5. Kris

We thought Clara might nip Holly at the post. Fun to see Kris break the list this year. Plum always makes the list and of course our lovely Nicky design which has been a favorite from day one.

If we counted Flap as a Christmas hat — and there are plenty of arguments to be made for it — the Flap design would have made this list coming in at number 2, knocking Kris off the list.

Speaking of Kris, we have had a few people comment that they didn’t get the Kris design and that it was modeled after Santa’s suit.

Here’s an example of the inspiration behind the Kris design in case you have been wondering too. Remember those all red Santa suit mugs with the black belt and buckle?

Santa Suit tea cup and cover.
Santa Suit tea cup and cover.

Oh, and we have gotten a lot of compliments on the artwork for the countdowns this year. Vivian does all that too. She was very pleased to hear how much you liked it. Thank you for taking the time to write us.

Insofar as merchandise, we sold the top five Hattingdon® Christmas designs on —

1. Cards
2. Postage
3. Labels
4. Sweatshirts
5. Bags

So there you are. Another holiday season come and gone. And the Countdowns for 2016 too!

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Hattingdon celebrates New Year’s Eve in a crushed velvet hat with sparkly gold letters

Happy New Year everyone, from Hattingdon and Vivian & Co.

 

Hattingdon® wears her Happy New Year Hat for 2017. © Vivian Grant Farrell.
Hattingdon® wears her Happy New Year Hat for 2017. © Vivian Grant Farrell.

Hurry back. We’ll be starting my most popular hats of 2016 Jan 2nd and begin announcing the winners of our A Hatful of Smiles™ Awards.

Many hats and hugs,

XoXoXo

Hattingdon's signature.

Happy Christmas from Hattingdon

We told you we had something special for you for Christmas, and here she is. Happy Christmas from me and Hattingdon.

MACY. © Hattingdon®.  All Rights Reserved.
MACY. © Hattingdon®. All Rights Reserved.

Inspiration Behind the Macy Hattingdon® Christmas Hat Design

When I was a girl my Dad took me to Macy’s in midtown Manhattan at Christmas. It was so colorful and exciting from the outside I could hardly wait to see what was on the inside.

As we entered, some of the first departments we saw were jewelry and perfume. At the entrance to the Perfume Department my eyes lit at the gorgeous ladies standing there giving out samples. What glamour!

They wore short red velvet dresses with plunging necklines trimmed in white (fake) fur, fishnet stockings and patent leather high heels. But they didn’t have on Santa hats. They had on hats made of elegantly wrapped Christmas gift boxes with enormous red velvet bows worn at a jaunty angle. I can see them in my mind’s eye as if it were yesterday.

Here’s wishing you a Christmas full of colorful and joyful memories and a hatful of smiles from Hattingdon and I.

Much love,

Signed Vivian

Let it Snow with Aspen Hattingdon

We have been receiving emails asking why we left the Aspen design off the top ten Christmas list.

Aspen Hattingdon. © Vivian Grant Farrell.
ASPEN

Aspen has been a long-time favorite and one of our earliest designs.

Aspen hasn’t fallen out of favor. Far from it. There’s just so much more competition because of the amount of designs we have in the marketplace. But Aspen is still a featured design and a long way from being retired.

One of the products that Zazzle have that I love are the flat card greeting cards. They are created using the invitation template. I have made one up for Aspen fan Jessica from Lake George, Colorado.

It is darling. Customize it to your taste. Personalize the greeting on the back.

Take a look.

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Cheery pip!

Hattingdon® Christmas Hat Countdown — #1

Let’s get right to it. Here is the #1 Hattingdon Christmas Hat of 2015.

The Nicky Hattingdon design.
The Nicky Hattingdon design.

The Nicky Christmas hat edged the Plum Pudding design for first place by only a few dozen sales. 2015 was Plum’s biggest year to date.

Don’t go away just yet.

We can’t leave our countdown without telling you a bit about the poinsettia plant and how it became so strongly associated with Christmas.

The following is from the website of our friends at WhyChristmas.com.

“Poinsettia plants are native to Central America, especially an area of southern Mexico known as ‘Taxco del Alarcon’ where they flower during the winter. The ancient Aztecs called them ‘cuetlaxochitl’.

“The Aztecs had many uses for them including using the flowers (actually special types of leaves known as bracts rather than being flowers) to make a purple dye for clothes and cosmetics and the milky white sap was made into a medicine to treat fevers. (Today we call the sap latex!)

“The poinsettia was made widely known because of a man called Joel Roberts Poinsett (that’s why we call them Poinsettia!). He was the first Ambassador from the USA to Mexico in 1825.”

“He was the first Ambassador from the USA to Mexico in 1825. Poinsett had some greenhouses on his plantations in South Carolina, and while visiting the Taco area in 1828, he became very interested in the plants. He immediately sent some of the plants back to South Carolina, where he began growing the plants and sending them to friends and botanical gardens.

“The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity.”


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Thank you for spending time here with us. Happy Holidays!