Welcome to our very first blog post! As the first blog post, I thought it made sense to start at the beginning. How did this mixture of creativity, art, and insanity come to pass, exactly?
Andy and I have been together since 2011 and we had both crafted independently prior to that. Andy has been an artist since, well, forever. He drew, painted, sculpted, but the most success he had with his art was with modifying and prettying up Nerf guns and hand sewing leather garments. I would create costumes out of fabric. When we started dating in 2011, it seemed like a natural fit to combine these skills.
It wasn’t until 2013 when things changed. We were set to get married. In Las Vegas. Dressed like pirates. Don’t ask. That’s not the point of this blog post. Suffice it to say that if I had it all to do again, I wouldn’t change a thing because calling a chapel and having everything planned in 5 minutes is pretty much my ideal. Brides-to-be, take note! I had been working hard to make us outfits so we could get hitched in style.
Anyway. The only real issue was that three days before we were set to leave, Andy decided that something was missing. A hat. Andy needed a tricorn hat. Okay. No biggie. Let’s just check Etsy. And eBay. And Amazon. And anywhere on the internet that would possibly sell a pirate hat.
Andy is what I can only describe as a “Tricorn Hat Diva.” He’s very particular about the specific tricorn he admires. It has to be leather. Has to have a certain shape. Dimension. Color. We must have scrolled through dozens of pages of them to no avail. He found one that was close, but it was shipping out of the UK and it would never make it in time.
“I guess I’ll just make one.”
So in three days, Andy went to Tandy Leather, designed himself a tricorn, scoured YouTube to learn how to work with leather, and finished it in time to get married. Looking back on it now, we call it the Hat of Overcompensation.
It obviously didn’t end there. For over two years now he has been obsessed. Countless hours of research, hundreds of cups of coffee, and many hours not slept have gone into this labor of love. We hope you enjoy our site.