My hat thing has deep roots. When my grandmother Pina Mae Earp passed away I inherited her hats. We had just purchased a new home with nice high ceilings. I purchased an artificial tree to fit the ceilings then needed an economical way to decorate it. The hats were the perfect ornaments - just add a few bows. A few years later I found vintage beaded ornaments at a shop in the heights just like used to be on my grandmothers tree.