Sunday, May 1, 2011

As Mad as a Hatter while Frolicking

Another one of my favorite things, a Mad Hatter Hat! This tiny treasure was hand crafter by the amazing and talented Jasika Scruggs of Two Back Flats! See her Etsy shop Here! Each Mad Hatter Hat is uniquely made with love! Even the cards are hand drawn with a 10/6! This petite mini top hat is inspired by Disney's original Mad Hatter hat. Created from scratch using a stunning green satin with a turquoise sash that flows around the brim. Making this mini top hat a gorgeous spin on the classic!

Mad Hatter Hat by Two Back Flats

Mad Hatter Hat by Two Back Flats

My dear friend Alison Amato, literary guru and creative writer, enlitened me with the story of the Mad Hatters! So for your reading pleasure, Here is a little excerpt of the wikipedia version for you! ( I am not a creative writer )

"Although the name "Mad Hatter" was clearly done and inspired by the phrase "as mad as a hatter", there is some uncertainty as to the origins of this phrase. Mercury was used in the process of curing pelts used in some hats, making it impossible for hatters to avoid inhaling the mercury fumes given off during the hat making process; hatters and mill workers thus often suffered mercury poisoning, causing neurological damage, including confused speech and distorted vision. Hat making was the main trade in Stockport, near where Carroll grew up, and it was not unusual then for hatters to appear disturbed or confused; many died early as a result of mercury poisoning. However, the Hatter does not exhibit the symptoms of mercury poisoning, which include "excessive timidity, diffidence, increasing shyness, loss of self-confidence, anxiety, and a desire to remain unobserved and unobtrusive."[1] The Hatter and the March Hare are initially referred to as "both mad" by the Cheshire Cat, and both first appear in the seventh chapter of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which is titled "A Mad Tea-Party"."

The card or label on the Hatter's hat reads "In this style 10/6", which refers to 10 shillings and six pence (or a half guinea), the price of the hat in pre-decimalized British money. The figure acts as a visual indication of the hatter's trade.