How to Care for Your Handmade Hat

How to care for your hat

In the past, wearing hats was associated with wealth, status, and power. Today, we wear hats to accessorize an outfit, protect us from sun exposure, or as part of our uniform. Since hats are a noticeable accessory, they will in fact catch an onlooker’s attention. At Uno Alla Volta, we carry a variety of hats that are handmade from different materials. Learning how to properly take care of your handmade hats will for sure make them last for a lifetime.

Felted Wool

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Felted wool will require some careful handling to maintain its longevity. This material needs to be gently hand washed in warm water with a small amount of dissolved soap or shampoo. Once washed, shake off the excess water and reshape your hat. Let the hat air dry and then lightly brush it. For maintenance, use a lint roller to remove lint and dust.

Natural Fiber

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To keep your natural fiber hat lasting for ages, you need to avoid abrasive detergent. Hand wash the material in cool water with mild shampoo and add a small amount of vinegar to restore acidity. Do not bend or strain the hat because doing so could potentially deform it.

Packable Straw

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Over time, you may have to deep clean your straw hat. You can do so by gently using a damp cloth. You can use an everyday home product like window cleaner for tougher stains. Straw hats should not be worn in the rain. If your straw hat does get wet, gently wipe it with a dry cloth and let the rest of the material dry in a shaded area. If necessary, steam your hat to reshape.

Storing your Hat

Store your hat inside a box or hang it from a peg to help it retain its shape and condition. This Vintage Style Hat Box will keep your favorite hat in pristine condition and safe from being misshaped.

A Guide To Finding The Perfect Kentucky Derby Hat

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If you are not familiar with the Kentucky Derby, it’s a horse race event that happens annually. At this event, a woman’s hat adds the final touch to her look. This is not just any simple hat though, we are talking about an over the top, eye-catching hat because it is all about making the biggest statement! If you plan to attend this event, here is a guide to finding the perfect Kentucky Derby hat to celebrate this true southern occasion.

The Wide-Brimmed Hat

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The ”MaryAnn” Sun Hat With Striped Bow

The wide-brimmed hat is the most popular and traditional accessory in the history of Kentucky Derby fashion. This particular style is associated with the “Southern Belle”. This style brings both fashion and function on a beautiful, sunny day. If wide-brimmed hats reflect your personal style, then give it a go! Handcrafted from woven straw, this hat is accented with a striped pastel bow for a playful touch.

The Cloche

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The Sharon Natural Straw Hat With Flowers

Cloche hats are a classic flapper style hat. This style of hat is fitted and bell-shaped in a feminine way. Hand-pressed and shaped out of straw, this hat has a medium brim with a rounded crown. The floral accent adds a lovely touch and is finished with an earthy green ribbon for embellishment.

The Lampshade Hat

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The ”Stella” Lavender And Fuchsia Derby Hat

A lampshade hat has a small circular crown and flares outward similar to a bucket hat. Handcrafted from sinamay straw, this dark lavender color will complement most skin tones. The silk fuchsia flowers adds a bold and elegant touch.

Hat Wearing Tips

It’s important to choose a hat that complements the shape of your face. The right hat will balance out your facial structure, which will then enhance your appearance. Follow our guidelines to help you choose the perfect hat for you:

Round Shaped face

Choose a hat with high brims, tall crowns, and sharp lines. Wear your hat slanted to flatter your facial structure. The crown of your hat should also be as wide as or wider than your face to balance it.

Heart Shaped Face

Any style hat will complement a heart shaped face. However, medium brimmed hats are a better choice because your chin may appear too narrow if the brim is too wide.

Oval Shaped Face

Oval faces can wear almost any style as long as the brim is no wider than the width of your shoulders.

Square Shaped Face

Wide brimmed hats worn on an angle will complement your facial structure. A hat with a rounded crown will help soften a strong square jawline.

Diamond Shaped Face

You can try a variety of styles since the widest part of your face is your cheekbones.

Rectangular Face Shape

Floppy hats with a short crown work best on this facial structure.

4 Colorful Home Treasures

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Is your home due for an update? Adding bursts of color to your home will bring life to any space. Colorful decorative accents are a great way to transition from winter to spring and summer. Bring a rainbow of hues into your home with these one-of-a-kind treasures.

Hand-Woven Fuchsia Spring Basket

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Baskets are great for storage; you can organize your blankets, magazines, towels, and other essentials in them. This hand-woven basket is a fun accent for the home as it features bright colors of red, orange, and fuchsia. Derek of Atlanta, Georgia handcrafts this vibrant basket from grapevine and rattan, which are dyed by hand one at a time.

”Just Looking” Watercolor Wall Art

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Watercolor art has a luminous effect; this technique comes to life when a variety of paints mixes in a water-based solution. Our duo of artisans, Jen and Phyllis from Ventura, California, print this artwork onto a piece of aluminum to bring it to life. This whimsical cat wall art will for sure add character and illuminate any room with its vibrant colors.

Marks Iridescent Feather Vase

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This extraordinary vase gives off an iridescent effect. It reflects a rainbow of color from every angle you turn. Whether this vase is placed on your entry table or mantel with or without flowers, all of your guests will take notice of this impressive piece.

Lucky Elephant Kaleidoscope

RIOUXELEPHANT_01Display this spectacular piece in your bedroom, office, or living room to liven up the space. Our artisan Sue Rioux of Maine creates each detailed kaleidoscope that shifts and changes colors when you peer through the hole. Children and even adults will enjoy every bit of this intricate design.

Polish Pottery Spotlight: Easter

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Easter is one of the most special times of the year. It is a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This wonderful holiday is also associated with the Easter bunny, jelly beans, egg hunts, and chocolate. If you are planning to host an Easter gathering or send a gift to a loved one, we have the perfect Polish pottery springtime collection that you will absolutely adore. This wonderful pottery is glazed and fired at high temperatures for high durability. Continue reading to explore our Polish Pottery Easter treasures.

2019 Springtime Polish Pottery Bunny Deviled Egg Dish

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Deviled eggs are the perfect appetizer for Easter. These treats are truly delicious and easy to make.  If you are looking for something adorable to display your scrumptious deviled eggs this year, our Polish artisans in Boleslawiec, Poland skillfully handcraft each dish using local white clay.

Polish Pottery Gia Easter Egg

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Make the most of your Easter baskets and add some home décor goodies in there! This floral Easter egg is handcrafted from ceramic and hand-painted with carved sponges and fine brushwork. Featuring vibrant floral patterns, this egg can be placed on your mantel, dining room table, or coffee table for a festive touch.

2019 Springtime Polish Pottery Vase

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There is nothing like a richly colored vase filled with spring flowers. This decorative vase is the perfect flower arrangement to celebrate Easter, making it a beautiful treasure to have for many years to come. Displaying a vase full of flowers will for sure liven up your space for you and your guests to enjoy.

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Salt and pepper shakers are a must-have for any dining table since it is a big essential for parties and everyday use. These cute ceramic bunnies are bursting with life in vibrant colors and floral patterns. Get festive for the big day with these everlasting seasonal treasures.

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Have your morning coffee with a plate to hold your breakfast, too! This mug and plate set is perfect for Easter morning and generally the spring season. It is beautifully handmade by our master artisans who hand-paint springtime flowers to signal the time of renewal.

4 Essentials For Your Spring Gathering

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There is something about spring in New England that signals a time of gathering with friends and family. It’s also a time of renewal because everything seems to come to life again. The temperature rises, the flowers bloom, and the kids go outside to play. If you are planning to host an outdoor get together to maintain the meaningful connections in your life, here are 4 essentials for your spring gathering that will bring a beautiful pop of color around and on the picnic table for all of your guests to see.

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Have your guests listen to the music of the wind by hanging a whimsical wind chime on a tree. Wind chimes are an ideal way to reflect your style whether it is classic or coastal. If you are looking for outdoor décor to go with your sea-inspired theme party, this seahorse wind chime features a copper alloy nana bell and colorful glass beads.

Springtime Slate Coasters Set Of 4

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When hosting a party, we all want to serve our beverages on beautiful tabletop accessories. Coasters are a great way to do that while keeping our tables clear from condensation. These vibrant and unique coasters are handmade using alcohol inks and natural slate. Each coaster features either a bird or an insect, which symbolizes springtime.

Murano Style Tumbler Glasses

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Entertain your guests in style by serving your drinks in colorful glasses. These Murano-style glasses will for sure catch your guests’ eyes; the bold colors of blue, yellow, orange, and red are perfect for the warm season. Each patterned glass is formed by rolling molten glass in vibrant glass chips before it’s hand-blown one at a time.

Hand Painted Sunflower Serving Bowl From Italy

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Are you looking to bring the Italian countryside to your picnic party? Bowls are perfect for serving refreshing fruit or potato salad for picnics. This hand-painted sunflower mosaic pattern is an attractive piece for the springtime. Handmade skillfully from ceramic, it will bring sunflowers to your tablescape for a joyful ambiance.

3 Ways To Wear More Than One Color of Jewelry

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Jewelry in different colors and styles can express an individual’s personality. Some days, you might want to wear a more relaxed, casual outfit while still making a statement. Accessorizing with jewelry is a perfect way to mix different colors, as it will certainly create a unique look and a pop of color. Continue reading to explore 3 ways to wear more than one color of jewelry for an intricate ambiance.

Ombre Effect

Variation of the same stone or pearl gives off a beautiful ombre effect. The gradual combination of one color to another, going from light to dark creates a truly unique touch. A great thing about the ombre effect is how it sticks to a single color family, which makes it easy to create the perfect outfit around two or three shades.

Smadar’s Blue Mermaid Scales Necklace

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Inspired by the fairy tales of mermaids, this necklace is handcrafted from gold-plated wire loops, which are then filled with enamel blue paint. After the paint is dried in the hollow center of each loop , each piece is arranged to form an ombre effect.

Murano Glass Burgundy Pearl Necklace

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From cream to burgundy, this necklace puts a modern twist on the classic pearl necklace. It can be worn in the office or at a special event, adding an effortless elegance to any outfit. Hand-strung one at a time, each colored pearl is sorted into three strands, creating a beautiful effect that will turn all eyes on you.

Multi-Colored Gems

Colors from opposite sides of the spectrum radiate beautifully when combined against certain materials, such as sterling silver. Combining different colored gems is a great option for those who want to flaunt multiple gemstones on their neck or hands all at once. Wearing multiple colors will give off a fun, colorful touch to your day and evening look.

Avi Sterling Silver Statement Cuff With Multicolor Gemstones

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This sterling silver cuff exudes the beauty of combining multiple gemstones into one jewelry piece by featuring garnet, amethyst, blue topaz, peridot, and citrine together.  Adding these beautiful accents to your look will give off a lively ambiance.

Iridescent Opal

Leon Nussbaum’s Sterling And Sparkle Necklace

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Giving off a beautiful iridescent touch, this necklace is handcrafted of sterling silver and white opal with sparkling accents of cubic zirconia. Wearing this piece will certainly add color and sparkle to your simple dress attire.

The Best Non-Burning Scented Wax Vessels

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Around this time of year in New England, the weather becomes mild, the trees begin to turn green, and the air becomes fresher. It is the best time to get ready for spring cleaning and get your house in order for the new season.

Whether you have to dust your entire home thoroughly, clean window treatments, or organize the kitchen cabinet, you’ll want to finish it off with a refreshing scent to make your home feel crisp and clean.

And what better way to make your home smell continuously pure throughout the house than to add a natural scent to any room with a non-burning scented wax pottery vessel. Breathing in natural scents helps you breathe easier and minimizes allergy symptoms, which is why we are sharing with you the best non-burning scented wax vessels to add to your home today.

Wax Pottery Vessels

Garden Vanilla Wax Pottery Vessel

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Decorative and natural fragrances are the best accessories for the home. This wax pottery vessel is embedded with a natural fragrance that releases a creamy vanilla scent with hints of lily and rose for a sweet and relaxed aroma.

Cherry Blossom Wax Potpourri Vessel

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A beautiful long-lasting aromatic fragrance makes these wax vessels an ideal piece. Natural essences of citrus, apple, and cherry with a hint of sandalwood and vanilla musk redefine this decorative potpourri vessel.

Butterfly Garden Wax Potpourri Vessel

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A butterfly signifies the season of change, joy, and color.  This hand-poured wax vessel has mixed scents of sweet herbs with a hint of cedarwood and lemon grass for a fresh, sweet, and earthy aroma.

Honeysuckle Yellow Vine Wax Pottery Vessel

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Releasing a lovely scent in whichever room you decide to place it in, this wax pottery vessel is embedded with sweet honeysuckle blooms with a touch of leafy greens for a sweet, garden aroma.

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The beautiful daisies embedded in the wax vessel make this a lovely décor accessory for the upcoming spring season. No matter where you place it, the non-burning fragrance will release a scent of French lavender and chamomile with a hint of citrus, rose petal, and clove for a refreshing, soothing, and soft aroma.

4 Must-Have Spring Accessories For Every Woman

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The smell of spring air is right around the corner bringing joy and cheerfulness to many people. It is the perfect time to start thinking about adding bright and pastel colored accessories to your look. Adding these springtime accessories will give you an immense pop of color. From brooches to straw sun hats, there is definitely something for everyone. Here are our 4 must-have spring accessories for every woman.

Brooch Up

ARIJB2Every spring, bumblebees come out of their hibernation to reestablish a colony. They are thought to symbolize good luck and wealth, which makes this brooch an ideal piece to pin on your blouse, handbag, or scarf. This vintage-style bumblebee brooch is adorned with colorful jewelers’ enamel and Swarovski crystals for an everlasting beauty.

Trendy Pink

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Fashion is thinking pink right now. With a combination of gold and pink hues, this sculptural scarf exudes a bold look, giving off a fun and trending ambiance.  The ends of this scarf are twisted, making it a one-of-a-kind accessory.

Floral Fever

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Floral is an ideal pattern to accessorize with during the spring season. Styling with floral prints will make your outfit look warm and fun. Handmade out of the softest Italian leather, this elaborate floral patterned handbag is accented with a blue suede tassel and an orange interior.

Soaking Up The Sun

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Sun hats have many styles and colors to choose from. This woven straw at will offer sun protection during those beautiful sunny days. Wear it with a casual dress or a t-shirt and jeans, giving off a classic and cool touch to your look. Adorned with a green patterned silk ribbon for a pop of color, this staple straw hat is handcrafted one at a time in meticulous detail.

5 Best St. Patrick’s Day Gift Ideas

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St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the wonderful Irish culture. This religious and cultural day dates back to the 17th century in honor of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. Throughout the years, it became a global celebration, which involves parades, wearing green, and much more. Since this is a widely known holiday, here are 5 of the best St. Patrick’s Day gift ideas to give to a friend or family member.

St Patricks Day Polish Pottery Rainbow Clover Heart Dishes

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Be inspired by the Irish culture with these colorful patterned heart dishes adorned with clover and flower motifs. Whether you use this set as jewelry dishes or side dishes, they will give a pop of color to any space.

Green Capodimonte Porcelain Rose With Shamrocks

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Made from the finest porcelain of Italian pottery and designed with St. Patrick’s Day in mind, this Capodimonte porcelain rose was meticulously hand-painted in mint green. You can place it on a mantel, coffee table, or kitchen island for a truly festive and elegant touch.

Pewter ”Lucky To Have You” Wish Box

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This wish box, which includes a shamrock necklace, will make a charming gift. The engraved “Lucky To Have You” quote tells that special someone exactly how you feel without saying it. This 2-in-1 gift is hand-casted in pewter and then buffed to a shiny finish.

Murano Glass St. Patrick’s Day Charm Bracelet

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Add a little extra luck to your life! This charm bracelet features green and gold lampworked beads including clover shaped beads to signify an Irish-theme. Accessorize your outfit by throwing on this decorative piece of jewelry to give off a nice pop of color and to show Irish pride.

Shamrock Stoneware Mug

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Do you know someone who wakes up to the smell of coffee every day? Mugs make a great gift, especially if you’re sending it to a coffee enthusiast. The shamrock on this ceramic mug is hand-cut meticulously to create a three dimensional look.

The History And Uses Of The Amethyst Stone

Amethyst is one of the world’s most admired stones and the official birthstone for February. The stone is a beautiful deep grape-like color, which was considered a noble color for many centuries. This gemstone is known to promote calmness, peace, love, and stability. With many years of history and uses behind it, let’s explore the origin of this regal stone.

History

Amethyst stone has sparkling crystal formations, and its rich color has been considered a royalty treasure throughout history. This stone was first discovered around 2500 BC. The name “Amethyst” originates from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning, “not intoxicated” which comes from the early Greek legends because it is linked with the God of Wine, Bacchus. This semi-precious stone was known to conserve its wearers from the deleterious effect of wine. It has also been associated with many other legends, religions, and cultures throughout its time.

Uses of Amethyst

This beautiful stone possesses different uses in numerous cultures, for example:

  • Egyptians used amethyst stone in rings and burial sites.
  • During Medieval Europe, soldiers wore talisman of amethyst to keep calm during battle.
  • Tibetans considered Amethyst a sacred stone, and would use it in their prayer beads.
  • It was used to adorn crowns, which made this stone associated with royalty.
  • In today’s world, it is associated with the month of February and is the zodiac sign for Pisces. It also complements both warm and cool skin tones, which makes this stone an ideal piece to wear.

Amethyst Jewelry

Nilson’s Amethyst Cross Necklace

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A cross necklace is a great way to express a religious theme. Featuring an amethyst stone, this necklace is hand-sculpted using brass and then plated with chrome for a shiny effect.

Swarovski Crystals Purple Amethyst Drop Earrings

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These drop earrings are inspired by the Art Nouveau period. Swarovski crystals dazzle against the amethyst stone making it a statement piece.

Chrome Amethyst Flower Cuff By Nilson Of Rio De Janeiro

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Featuring three amethyst gemstones, this cuff is hand-sculpted in exquisite detail and then plated in gleaming chrome.