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What a difference a year makes!

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES!

Well its hard to believe that my little business has had its 1st birthday in my new premises (we have been established for nearly 5 years!)
Unfortunately the scaffolding is still up outside my little shop so i haven't been able to have the birthday celebrations i wanted to have but hopefully once the scaffolding comes down (though not sure when) i will get to have a bit of a birthday bash to celebrate!!

So i would also like to take this opportunity to thank ALL the clients that have come in and had a piece designed by myself, i am very blessed to have such an amazing job where i get to meet such a wide variety of people all of whom have been wonderful to work with!

  I would also like to thank the clients that have come in with gifts and cards over the past year,none of them were expected but were all lovely to receive and its so nice to be appreciated and spoilt!
  A special thank you goes out  to a lovely lady ( who i wont name for obvious reasons!) who brought me in some handmade chocolates today, I  designed and made her hat and did alterations to her outfit for her sons wedding,  i feel so lucky to have fantastic clients like this lady who enjoy wearing my creations it makes my job so much more enjoyable!!

I am still extremely busy in the shop which i am so thankful for as i wasn't sure just how having my own shop would work out for me but so far so good as they say!!

I have also managed to make some new pieces for the shop and am really pleased with them and it will be rally good to see them on the catwalk on Sunday.

Which brings me nicely to my final bit of news!!!!

I have been extremely busy creating pieces making sure i have them ready for this Sunday
(the !9th) as we will be exhibiting and on the catwalk at The Borders Wedding Show at Springwood Park in Kelso.
I have 6 lovely ladies modelling for me and 2 great friends helping with the stand so all going well it should be a good day, all we need is the good people of the Borders and beyond to turn up and support all the 80 plus exhibitors who will be there on the day showing all the great things the Borders has to offer for that special day!!

So if you have a spare couple of hours to kill and you want to see some of the best in the wedding industry and maybe want to try on a few hats then pop along to Kelso on Sunday and say hello!!
Look forward to seeing you ALL there xx

BUSY BUSY BUSY!!!

WELL THE SUN IS SHINNING AND I FEEL LIKE THIS BLOG SHOULD BE WRITTEN IN CAPITAL LETTERS.......WHY???? BECAUSE I HAVE SOOOO MUCH TO SHOUT ABOUT LOL!!

THE SHOP IS GOING AMAZINGLY WELL WITH ORDERS STILL COMING IN AND I'M HAPPY TO SAY I HAVE ORDERS NOW IN FOR OCTOBER!
I HAVE HAD AN AMAZING FEW MONTHS AND IT LOOKS LIKE TAKING ON THE SHOP WAS A GREAT MOVE, IF NOT A VERY RUSHED ONE! 

UNFORTUNATELY THE SHOP IS HIDDEN UNDER MORE SCAFFOLDING AT THE MOMENT THOUGH ITS NOTHING TO DO WITH MY LITTLE SHOP IT SEEMS THEY NEED ACCESS TO THE ROOF NEXT DOOR VIA MY ROOF SO SCAFFOLDING WENT UP A FEW WEEKS AGO! ITS A BIT OF A NUISANCE BUT ONCE THE SCAFFOLDING IS DOWN IM SURE THE STREET WILL LOOK AMAZING AND IN THE MEANTIME I HAVE TO JUST KEEP MAKING MY WINDOWS AS EYE CATCHING AS POSSIBLE!!

ON A POSISTIVE NOT IV HAD QUITE A FEW SUCCESSES WITH MY HATS BEING IN THE NEWS AND ON TV.
FIRSTLY WITH HAWICK COMMON RIDING I HAD THE HONOUR OF MAKING THE HATS FOR MICHELL (THIS YEARS HAWICK LASS) AND HER ATTENDANTS HEATHER AND GILLIAN, I ALSO MADE THE LOVELY JANES HATS AS SHE WAS THE ATTENDING MOTHER.
I HOPEFULLY WILL HAVE SOME PICTURES TO SHOW YOU OF THE LADIES ALL LOOKING FABULOUS!
THEN IT WAS KELSO RACES LADIES DAY..... I HAD THE GREAT HONOR OF BEING THE JUDGE FOR THE BEST HAT COMPETITION!  IT WAS A GREAT DAY WITH ONLY A BRIEF DOWNPOUR LATE IN THE AFTERNOON WHICH DIDN'T SEEM TO DAMPEN ANYONE'S SPIRITS!  THERE WERE SOME AMAZING HATS - QUITE A FEW WERE MINE SO I COULDNT OF COURSE PICK ANY OF THEM AS THE WINNER!!  BUT IT WAS AN EASY DECISION AS THE WINNER HAD MADE HER OWN STUNNING HAT!

I ALSO HAD A FEW HATS AND HATINATORS AT ROYAL ASCOT THIS YEAR AGAIN  ONE OF WHICH WAS PHOTOGRAPHED FOR A MAGAZINE BUT THE LADY WEARING THE PIECE DIDN'T MANAGE TO GET THE NAME OF IT SO I AM NOW FRANTICALLY CHECKING BACK CATALOGUES TO SEE IF I CAN FIND THE SAID PICTURE!

AND TO CAP IT ALL OFF IV JUST HAD A LOVELY EMAIL FROM NICOLA PAYNE (YOU CAN SEE HER PHOTO ON THE CLIENTS GALLERY PAGE) SHE EMAILED ME TO SAY SHE HAD BEEN AT NEWCASTLE RACES AT THE WEEKEND AND HAD WON BEST DRESSED LADY!! I MADE THE PIECE FOR HER FOR A WEDDING AND SHE HAS WORN IT TO KELSO RACES (WHERE SHE WON BEST DRESSED COUPLE WITH HER LOVELY HUBBY!) AND NOW AT NEWCASTLE RACES!! I AM SO DELIGHTED FOR HER AS SHE IS A LOVELY, PRETTY LADY!!

SO ALL IN ALL ITS BEEN A BUSY BUT EXCITING FEW MONTHS AND NOW WITH OUR FIRST BIRTHDAY COMING UP WHO KNOWS WHAT THE NEXT YEAR WILL BRING THOUGH I DO KNOW IT WILL HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH HATS!!


wherever i lay my hat

Wherever I lay my hat....thats my new shop!!! Woohoo
Well things have been moving so fast my head has been spinning. 
I officially take over the shop in Kelso on the 1st of October and have been moving things downstairs into the main shop.
Its been a busy few days and nights sorting things out and trying to get the shop looking respectable!  with the help of my lovely hubby iv managed to do just that, though i still have to decorate and paint floors and have my name put above the door !!!!
Hopefully once all this is done i will have a relaunch and let everyone see what iv been up to.!!
So keep watching .........

Hello old friend

`There is nothing better than a friend, unless its a friend with chocolate!`

Well its been a while so I thought I had better add a few words! 

The move to Kelso has been a good one so far. Things are busier than ever with new clients coming in every day. Its also good to see clients returning I worried that I might have lost them in the move but I need'nt have.

 Its lovely to catch up with previous clients, see photos of the events they attended and generally chat about what they have been up to since our last meeting. These clients are like friends to me, they tell me things that sometimes only friends would get to hear and i feel truly honored that they confide in me.

I think I may have to start making cups of tea and coffee as we sometimes get so engrossed in all that's happened that placing their order almost becomes forgotten, almost but not quite!!
 I must admit that I enjoy hearing all their news, the sad, the happy and the funny and boy are there some funny stories but I am a person of honor so my lips are sealed ;) x


under starters orders!!

AND THEIR OFF!!!!

Yesterday saw us at Kelso Races Ladies day! we had a great time the weather was kind and there was a great crowd.
It was also lovely to see women in their finery and adorning some beautiful hats and fascinators!!
I spotted quite a few of my creations adorning peoples heads which was a great ego boost for me. I was constantly people watching checking out what women were wearing.
I must admit though i was a little dissapointed as a lot of women werent dressed up but had chosen to come in casual wear. I had expected to see a lot more women dressed up for the occasion but it seemed to be that anything goes!!
My husband and i were with great people whom we now consider  to be our great friends and had 2 tables in the Marquee, we had a lovely lunch and drink flowed freely! We had lots of laughs and fun tyring to bet on the horses- much to the disappointment of my husband who never seemed to back the right horse!
But we did have a couple of winners which is always good, though the day was about relaxing and getting a chance to dress up, both of which i rarely get to do!
The bonus was that 2 of our friends Elaine and Margaret - who were both wearing fascinators made by me, were chosen for the finals of "best dressed lady" and "best dressed couple" it was a great feeling seeing my creations in the winning enclosure and hope fully i will have some photos of the day to share soon!!

on the move!!

READY STEADY GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well that's me back from holiday, the weather wasn't the best but it was good to get away and recharge the batteries!! and boy did they need recharging!! 
Everything is moving along at quite a pace, boxes are being filled - i didn't realise i had so much to pack!!- and im ready to get things moved to my new premises in Kelso!
Im soooo excited about the move but a little sad too as i will miss my old studio/shop space but moving in with collections by... will be more in keeping with the things i make and sell.
we will be open in our new space on the 1st of June - not long now eek!!

we're all going on a summer holiday!!!

Yes we are actually getting holiday this year all be it only a week!

 My husband and i are off on a much needed and long time coming holiday YAAHHHH!!
we are only away for a week but its abroad so hopefully there will be plenty sunshine and time to relax. Im hoping that i will also be inspired by the landscape to design some even more extraordinary designs, so my little sketch book will be well and truely packed in my suitcase!

Hang onto your Hats!

Hang onto your Hats!!!!!

Well the wind is causing problems all around the Borders and winter still seems to be unwilling
to let go !!
But things are getting busier in the studio as wedding season is finally upon us.

We have been at the wedding show at Carfraemill last Sunday which was quite successful for us with new appointments being made.
I also showcased some of my new fascinator designs and they were met with great approval, so im happy that i know im not only doing something i truely love doing but im also exciting people to wear hats and fascinators!
(i will upload my photos once i find my camera)!

We will also be at Barony Castle on Sunday the 13th of May at their wedding fayre. This wedding fayre is always a great one for us as we meet new clients from the Edinburgh and West coast area as well as all the lovely locals!

Then my husband and i are off on a much needed and long time coming holiday YAAHHHH!!
we are only away for a week but its abroad so hopefully there will be plenty sunshine and time to relax. Im hoping that i will also be inspired by the landscape to design some even more extraordinary designs, so my little sketch book will be well and truely packed in my suitcase!

The Sun Has Got its Hat On.......

My Blog

The sun has got its hat on hip hip hip hooray!!

Well this is my very first "Blog" on my new website exciting times!!

I hope to put on here all kinds of things from quotes to whats happening in my studio.
Giving people a tiny glimpse in to my world of millinery and design!

I will also be showing snippits of designs in progress by posting photos as they evolve so please keep watching!
So.......
The Hat & Dress Agency are starting to take shape with clients bringing in some lovely pieces including silk outfits & some original Karen Reid Designs fascintors.
Though trying to get some of my designs back has been proving difficult as clients have loved their pieces so much that they wont part with them!

Other news is that the new Hawick Lass Heather has been across deciding on her designs, im really looking forward to designing this years hats & fascinators for the Common Riding.

Iv also been playing about with new designs from using lego to plastic cutlery!! yes honestly i haven't lost my marbles!! i'm just really getting excited about trying out new things and seeing how i can incorporate things into wearable headwear. I promise if they work out that i will post photographs !

Remember we will also be at the George & Abbotsford in Melrose on Sunday the 3rd of  March
at their very first wedding showcase, so why not come along and see me and my work, im hoping to do a small demo.

I hope everyone likes my new website too






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