Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Surprise! You haven't heard from me in a while.  I need to be more observant and keep you better informed of what's going on in this small town outside of Omaha, Nebraska.

Well Lots!!! The biggest news is that a Facebook Data Center is going to be built less than 3 miles from our gallery and hat shop. WOW! The Omaha National Cemetery is taking shape fast and there are several white headstones already in place.  It is a huge project as is the Facebook one. When you head down Highway 50 from Omaha, you will see the earth being moved on the right side of 50 and the silos are still in place on the Facebook property.  Hope they remain. The cemetery project has been going on for quite some time.

As far as the gallery and hat shop are concerned, we have been very busy making hats here at Margie Trembley Chapeaux
for the Kentucky Derby and Derby parties, volunteering at the World Cup of Equestrian events (jumping and dressage) held in my city (Omaha) and preparing hats for an exhibit in Wausau, WI at the Cultural Art Center. I did not apply to participate, they contacted me. One of my fellow milliner friends also has hats in this exhibit.

We were also asked to participate in the Lauritzen Gardens Spring Luncheon and one of our hats was featured plus we donated a fabulous prize of a tea party among the hats.

The biggest hat project was of my own doing.  I assembled materials for a hat challenge that I developed for a group of 9 milliners. I coined the name" the Funtastic Milliners International Group." I gathered up various materials, both millinery and non-millinery materials and various embellishments and sent them far and near to milliners in 6 different countries. There are 9 participants total. Here is the breakdown of the participants: one from Ireland, France, Australia, Scotland, 2 from the US and the rest from the UK.

This project started in August of 2016 and has just recently come to fruition. The incredible designs by my new milliner friends from all over the world are on display at our gallery, Springfield Artworks at 183 Main Street, Springfield, NE 68059. It's amazing how none of them look anything like any of the others.  It was definitely a challenge to come up with a hat that was stunning and wearable, but they all did it, me included.


One little special event happened. I applied for membership in the Milliners Guild, Org in New York City. I was accepted and got to spend some time with the members a few months back.  I also got to explore the Garment District and start to develop relationships with various suppliers for my industry. By luck, I also got to have hats at a huge ladies convention while there and also got to attend the dedication of the Oscar de la Renta US Postage stamp which was attended by Mrs de la Renta, family members and various dignitaries.  Anderson Cooper was the MC.  That event was a most memorable experience.

I was privileged to take another workshop from Wayne Wichern in San Francisco. Who would have thought that the practice of millinery would have been so complex? 

Lastly, Fella Vaughn and I are collaborating on the runway at Omaha Fashion Week. We were both excited to be selected from over 50 applicants. A little over 30 designers were selected. This is not the first time the two of us have worked together for a runway show, but the first time that we applied to participate together.  I thank Fella from the bottom of my heart for asking me. We will be showing our designs on Wednesday August 23, at the Omaha Design Center. You will be able to buy tickets at a discount through me as time gets closer so just let me know, and I can help you get that discount.

Want to share one piece of info.  Maybe you knew it, maybe you didn't. I am available to speak to your women's clubs, book clubs, luncheons, set up some hats for events or many other possible activities.  Just give me a ring at 402-301-9162.  
 Til next time....
Margie





Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lazy Days of Summer Aren't Lazy Days Around Here

Yes, that's right.  No laziness here. We have been experimenting with our new product from Australia which arrive a little over a week ago. Grab the 13 yards of silk and begin playing Margie decided. The product is called Liquid Radiance and there are so many uses for all kinds of fiber artists. Immediately Margie began to mix a drop of this color and a drop of that color and she came up with some dynamite colors on her silk pieces.  Next time she will keep track of what colors she used.  It was sheer play for her as she couldn't wait to jump into the processes. Her sheep apron was the closest to her work space so now the sheep (yet to be named) has a nice little red dot on her forehead...soon to be removed!

Designs are always floating around in Margie's head so we need to get them out and implementing them.

She has been brushing up on some social media skills and she is so lucky that she has DoSpace and Metro Community College so close.  She also has taken advantage of some of the workshops provided by the Fashion Institute Guild, here in Omaha. She continues to mentor her star high school student Frank as he prepares for his first ever appearance in Omaha Fashion Week.

Photo Credits:
Hat Designer: Margie Trembley Chapeaux
Model: HaleyM Develop Model Management
Photographer: Heather and Jameson
Dress Designer: Leah Kareen Studios
Hair & Makeup: Kali Rahder
Stylist: Margaret Jow

She also is helping hubby Glenn with his new website greekglassusa.com. Springfield Artworks is now officially licensed to produce Greek sorority gifts. He is starting small but will progress to other sorority gifts as demand continues.  Let us know if you have a sorority connection you would like us to persue.

Good Bye for now and as Margie's
sister Judy used to say "See you in the funny papers."


Lazy Days of Summer are Not Really Lazy Around Here

Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer is here!

Yes, it hit over 100 degrees this last week so guess it's officially summer. Not being someone who loves to bathe in the sun, it definately means it's time to finish all those partially started projects.

Last minute panic calls for next week's wedding must be the norm for some. Reminding everyone 60-90 days out is preferred so that there is plenty of "creative time" and time to order special embellishments if necessary.

Derby season was filled with lovely hats, happy customers, and new friendships.  Thanks to all who contacted me about either making them a special hat or adding a few quick touches to an already fabricated one that I have here at the shop.

This is the first year in a couple of years that I didn't go to the Kentucky Derby. It was a good thing however, as I was able to be available to take care of my customers requests. We participated in the Omaha International Equestrian event by providing models wearing my hats during the Kentucky Derby Party.  They did a wonderful job and were also great marketers (a real plus).

Will share a couple of images of some of my hats at the Derby. It's very rewarding to see those happy faces and to hear about their experiences in Louisville. We were not represented in the Longines Fashion Contest at the Kentucky Oaks this year except by one of my customers, and I did miss being there in person. Maybe next yeat at least my selected hat will be there.

A Nebraska young woman will be the featured majorette starting next year for the University of Louisville. She was invited to be with the band when they played "My Old Kentucky Home." I am so proud of her. She too was sporting a Margie Trembley Chapeaux when she wasn't performing with the band. Katie Cole, the Iowa young woman who is the Miss Nationwide pageant winner just informed me that she too won another national pageant and she wore my hat I made for her for her Miss Nationwide pageant at that winning pageant too. That's special!

Think I could write a book about Derby hat experiences. It was fun seeing my hatboxes walk out the door with their new chapeau tucked neatly inside.

Springfield Days 2016 just happened last weekend.  That always brings in new people who have never been to our studio and shop. Always  a fun time.

Don't forget. We do Weddings! Bridesmaids, Mothers of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, and of course the bride herself. If you have a wedding coming up later this summer or next summer, feel free to make an appointment with us. We are eager to assist you.
Margie
Ps The photoshoot was completed in March. Still awaiting the lookbook from the printer. Anxious!!! Here are a few photos that were taken at that photoshoot. Credits are given to the fabulous team that I worked with on this project.

                                                      Photo Credits for first five photos:
 Hat Designer Margie Trembley Chapeaux
Model: HaleyM Develop Model Management
Photographer: Heather and Jameson
Dress Designer: Leah Kareen Studios
Hair and Makeup: Kali Rahder
Stylist: Margaret Jow
                                                                                          

Hat Designer: Margie Trembley Chapeaux
Model: HaleyM Develop Model Management
Photographer: Heather and Jameson
Dress Designer: Leah Kareen Studios
Hair & Makeup: Kali Rahder
Stylist: Margaret Jow


                                                                           Hat Designer: Margie Trembley Chapeaux

Model: HaleyM Develop Model Management
Photographer: Heather and Jameson
Dress Designer: Leah Kareen Studios
Hair & Makeup: Kali Rahder
Stylist: Margaret Jow



                                                                            Hat Designer: Margie Trembley Chapeaux

Model: HaleyM Develop Model Management
Photographer: Heather and Jameson
Dress Designer: Leah Kareen Studios
Hair & Makeup: Kali Rahder
Stylist: Margaret Jow
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Hat Designer: Margie Trembley Chapeaux

Model: HaleyM Develop Model Management
Photographer: Heather and Jameson
Dress Designer: Leah Kareen Studios
Hair & Makeup: Kali Rahder
Stylist: Margaret Jow

                                            Hat Designer: Margie Trembley Chapeaux

Model: HaleyM Develop Model Management
Photographer: Heather and Jameson
Dress Designer: Leah Kareen Studios
Hair & Makeup: Kali Rahder
Stylist: Margaret Jow




Two lovely couples at this years Derby and the ladies wore a MargieTrembleyChapeaux. Great seats!