Taking the World by Storm

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“There is peace even in the storm” - Vincent van Gogh Have you ever looked at the sky after a thunderstorm? Did you notice how the light blue sky lightens up the dark grey clouds as they're pushed away by the wind? Did you notice how the air feels lighter and how the smell of rain lingers? Storms can be a beautiful, spectacular event. Here in the desert, we have Monsoons; an afternoon thunder shower with flash flood rains. You can always spot the storm coming. The wind picks up. The clouds gather together and turn dark. Even the sky turns a...

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Steampunk Cosplay

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"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." - Albert Einstein  The World of Cosplay  Imagine a world where every day you dress up as your favorite pop-culture characters. Every day you are something different. One day you are Wonder Women from the DC Universe. The next day you are Alice in Wonderland. Follow me down this rabbit hole as we explore the world of Steampunk Cosplay.  Cosplay literally means "Costume Play", and it is exactly what it sounds like!  It was inspired by the practice then-known as fan costuming at science fiction conventions, beginning with the...

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The Maddest Mad Hatter Top Hats

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"You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret, all the best people are." - Alice in Wonderland   Mad as a Hatter During our travels we often hear people referrer to us the the Mad Hatters. They walk into our booth, take a look around at all the different unique styles of hats and say "These must be the mad hatter top hats!" We take this as a compliment! The phrase "mad as a hatter" comes from the Victorian era, when fashion and hat making was the foreground of our steampunk culture. In 18th and 19th century mercury was...

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The World of Hatlas

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Greek Mythology In Greek mythology, Atlas was a leader of the Titans. After their defeat in their war against Zeus and the Olympians, Atlas was condemned to carry the heavens upon his shoulders.  Atlas was also the god who guided mankind in the art of astronomy, a tool which was used by sailors in navigation and farmers in measuring the seasons. These roles were often combined and Atlas becomes the god who turns the heaven on their axis, causing the stars to revolve. The Art of Maps: Cartography Cartography is the art and science of creating maps. It requires a skilled...

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The Life of a Traveling Merchant

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The life of a traveling merchant is a fascinating life to live.  As we continue to grow and expand Hattast-ique we continue to push ourselves and see what we can do.  This includes booking more events where we get to meet and see our awesome customers.  It is here we get to connect face to face and you can physically see what we have to offer.  This life on the road means we are home, then we are on the road, and then we are home again.  It makes us appreciate everything we see and all the people we meet. ...

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