Aida

By Vivian Grant

Hello and welcome.

I love Verdi’s Operas. One of my all-time favourites is ‘Aida’.

I created a scenario in my head that Hattingdon had been given a part in the chorus of ‘Aida’, and therefore would need a costume. Being a hatmaker (a cartoon one, of course) I imagined a headdress for her in two colour schemes.

Aida Gold

Aida Teal

How fun are they? I am leaning toward the teal, but also love the gold. What you think? Which one should she wear?

The snake symbol

In Egyptian mythology, the snake symbol represented royalty and divinity. It symbolized the pharaoh’s role as lawmaker and maintainer of order, protecting the Egyptian people from the forces of chaos. The snake was also a symbol of protection, both for pharaohs and for everyday people.

The Opera

Set in Ancient Egypt, Aida is a timeless story of love and betrayal set against the backdrop of war. The story is a roller coaster of emotions told through Giuseppe Verdi’s powerful music.

Aida is an Ethiopian princess who is the captured slave to Amneris, daughter of Pharaoh. Both women are in love with the victorious Egyptian general Radames, but he loves only Aida.

The father of Aida, Amonasro, invades Egypt to rescue her, but is defeated and captured. Relentlessly jealous of the lovers, Amneris decides she will kill Aida and disgrace Radames. He is subsequently condemned as a traitor and buried alive in a dungeon tomb.

Aida joins her lover in his death chamber to die with him while Egyptian priests celebrate the country’s victory in the temple above them. A desperate, remorseful Amneris attempts to save Radames but her pleas for mercy are too late.

Thank you for spending time with us! Warm regards, Vivian.

Hattingdon Horses

Cartoon Horses with ‘Hat-titude’

Featured Image: Fashion and Beautify in Ancient Egypt


©Vivian J Grant

Classic Lacey

Greetings and salutations. Welcome to another Classic Hat Monday.

Today’s selection is bright and beautiful . . . . in a luscious yellow. Let’s take a look.

Lacey Hattingdon of Hattingdon Horses.
Lacey Hattingdon.

Yellow is associated with the sun. It is known as a happy, positive color. Yellow symbolizes optimism, energy, joy, happiness and friendship. 

The ‘Colors Explained’ website tell us more:

Open Quote

The brightest color of the spectrum, yellow is associated with sunshine, sunflowers, canaries, and bees.

But what does the color yellow mean? Yellow is an upbeat and cheerful hue that is enlightening. It evokes pleasant feelings, captivating and charming with ease. It’s an effective communicator and provides clarity.  Read more »


Yellow Hat Parade

Want to see more yellow hats? We featured a Yellow Hat Parade earlier this year in July. Lacey was featured on Day 1.

» Day 1 | » Day 2 | » Day 3 | » Day 4 | » Day 5 | » Day 6

Thank you for stopping by and spending time with us.

Hattingdon Horses

‘Cartoon Horses with Hat-titude!’


©Vivian J Grant.

Flashback Bubbles

Hello.

We received emails recently asking why we have not been posting some of the earliest Hattingdon cartoons on Fridays like we used to.

We used to post them on what we called “Flashback Friday”. But there was very little traffic. We were hardly reaching anyone. Let’s see what happens today.

Do we ever have a flashback for you. This is one of the earliest Hattingdons Vivian created. She got the inspiration literally while taking a bath. The bubble bath she used at the time came in a big pink plastic bottle. And from that she created “Bubbles”.

Bubbles Hattingdon. c.2008.

Isn’t she sweet?

Thanks for stopping by. See you again soon.

Featured Image: Stylecaster.com »

Hattingdon Horses

‘Cartoon Horses with Hat-titude’

by ©Vivian J Grant

Lights on with Cara

Greetings and welcome. We are “lights on” with this collection of gorgeous Cara lampshade hats. The silhouette of this hat is oh so stylish, and Hattingdon looks oh so darling.

The Cara hat comes in five luscious hues. Let’s take a look.

Cara in Sunny Yellow

Cara in Sky Blue

Cara in Minty Green

Cara in Lipstick Pink

Cara in Classic Grey

We love them all, but are especially in love with the minty green. What do you think? Which is your favorite?

Thank you for spending time with us. We hope it brightened your day. Wink!

Hattingdon Horses

“A Hatful of Smiles”


©Vivian J. Grant

Autumn hat & poetry

Greetings and welcome.

The Fall equinox begins today, Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 9:04 P.M. EDT in the Northern Hemisphere. Before it commits to earlier sunsets, the Fall equinox provides an equal amount of day and evening light.

We celebrate the arrival of Fall with a Hattingdon hat in colours of the season.

Autumn Hattingdon 2022

Now, how about some poetry to get us in the mood? It is really lovely.

Poetry

Whim Wood

by Katherine Towers

into the coppery halls
of beech and intricate oak
to be close to the trees
as they whisper together
let fall their leaves

Autumn Fires

by Robert Louis Stevenson

In the other gardens
And all up in the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over,
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The grey smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!

Nothing Gold Can Stay

by Robert Frost

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.


We love seeing you here. Thank you for spending time with us.

Hattingdon Horses

‘A Hatful of Smiles’

©Vivian J Grant

Regina

Hattingdon looks regal in her jewel embellished crown hat. Our posting here is a nod to the late Queen of England whose burial will take place tomorrow.

This design is vintage Hattingdon. We are not 100% certain, but we believe it dates back to 2008. It is one of Vivian’s first designs, but she cannot remember the particulars of it or what inspired her to create it. She is just glad that she did.

Regina Hattingdon.

We will not be posting on Monday, and will publish the classic hat selected for it on the following day.

Wishing you a “hatful if smiles”. See you then.

Hattingdon Horses

©Vivian J Grant