Monday, July 22, 2013

"Best Books of the Month"

I would like to share that Amazon's editors picked "The Chronicle of Hats in Enjoyable Quotes" by Ida Tomshinsky as a "Best Book of the Month."
Looking for something to read? Browse editors' pick for the "Best Books of the Month" in nonfiction!

Thursday, June 13, 2013


I would like to make a small announcement that it will be an Author event in Books and Books bookstore in Bal Harbour, FL on Friday, July 12th, at 6:30 pm. Ida Tomshinsky, Florida Author, will sign her new, 5th book in the History of Fashion Accessories Series entitled "The Chronicle of Hats in Enjoyable Quotes."

This is a standard reference for anyone who is interested in the history of essential fashion accessory - the hats. The hats always  were used to protect from weather conditions, to express identity, and to attract or to influence others. The main development of the book concentrates on the timeline of hats from ancient past to modern present. The phenomenon of this must-have accessory that is covering the top of the head contributed to an irreplaceable compliment to women and men classic elegance. So many different styles of hats made into the mainstream of the centuries-old millinery industry!

"Fashion and art are such a big part of the contemporary culture; they are both strong forces in society, a way of personal expression. There has been a long history of collaboration and energy between fashion and art," says Stefano Tonchi, editor-in-chief of the monthly fashion magazine "W." "In Miami, especially, there is a great concentration of art and design, a place where it all comes together." There's no better place to watch the hats' discipline to bend, blend, blur, and brim.

Monday, June 3, 2013

About Poetry

"Poetry has done what long seemed impossible... it has become indispensable reading for anyone who cares about American literature."
Adam Kirsch, New York Sun

"To converse with the greats
by trying their blindfolds on:
to correspond with books
by rewriting them:
to edit holy edicts,
and at the midnight hour
to talk with the clock by tapping a wall
in the solitary confinement of the universe."

Vera Pavlova, To Converse with the Greats

Friday, May 24, 2013

A Hat On My Head

A hat on my head

Keeps me warm.

With the hat on my head,

I’m a little bit taller.

With the hat on my head,

I feel a little bit grown up.

With a hat on my head,

Would I be a little bit old-fashioned?


With a hat on my head,

I acknowledge the elegancy,

A little bit sophisticated.

With the hat on my head,

I’m protected and shielded

From the rattle of wind and rain.


With a hat on my head,

I’m tied to strangeness of secrecy

And a little bit unexplained mystery.

When I wear my hat on my head,

I’m refining my natural earthy

Simplicity, and a little bit of naivety.


When I have my hat on the head.

I’m a different person.

Very confident, between us two,

I’m studying and learning my face, –

“Who I am,

When I have my hat on my head?”

I treasure my thoughts

Under the shell, under one dome –

Entire world of undiscovered

Humanity and femininity.


When I wear my hat on my head,

I’m a little bit stronger,

Sharper and hard-minded.

I have my hat on my head,

I feel a little bit medieval

Noble, precious, and edel 

Queenly generous,

And a little bit gorgeous,

Also sensitive and giving.


“I wear the world on my neck –

Come, take a look!”

I need more than a shoulder

To keep the head up.

I need more than a hat

To keep my head right;

Complexity of an opportunity,

Chaos of unfinished symphony,

Dynamics of tropical rain,

Rattle of waterfall,

And the thumb of your hand.


A little bit of anatomical chemicals

Embracing my brain and mind,

Highlighting my eyes and mouth.

I wear my hat on the head

Headlining me,

Caring my aura of the materialistic hat

As a crown above;

The wreath of success –

Just one flower will make

Fairy-like flower-head wreath

To comeback in my past,

A little bit of the catching the dream,

When I wear my hat on my head.


We all ‘gonna’ die,

But I got a cycling helmet

The same as 400 years ago –

A boarder from you,

A separation from you and me.

I’m wearing my helmet-hat

A little bit of vintage jell-O mold,

A topper and lid,

Sweet as chocolate cake

To style and shape me,

Because I cover my head with a hat.
2013 IT

The Cronicle of Hats in Enjoyable Quotes

This is a new and fifth book in the history of Fashion Accessories Series just published by Ida Tomshinsky - Librarian, Florida author, and fashion accessories writer and enthusiast.

This is a standard reference for everyone who is interested in the history and present of the essential fashion accessory - the hat. The hats always were used to protect, to express identity, and to attract to influence others.

"Hats make every outfit an occasion, any attire more elegant, and every day more civilized." (Ida Tomshinsky)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

“It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green”

“It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green”

Lyrics by Joe Rapposo

It’s not that easy bein’ green’

Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.

When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or

gold –

Or something much more colorful like that.

It’s not easy being’ green.

It seems you blend with so many other ordinary


And people tend to pass you by over ‘cause you’re not

Standing out like flashy sparkles in the water – or stars in

the sky.

But green’s the color of Spring.

And green can be cool and friendly-like.

And green can be big like an ocean, or important like a

mountain, or tall like a tree.

When green is all there is to be

It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?


I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful!

And I think it’s what I want to be.

"It Will Be Okey!"

Face with a clue

The eyes of the world are upon you

Make another bold play

Examine and x-ray

Believe in yourself,

In future, it will pay

For every workday

Information gateway

Shines bright as astray

Try to passway the gray


Do you feel the breezeway

At the causeway?”

I say: ‘Hurray!’

Study, learn and obey;

You will be okay!
IT, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

Some People

"Some people seem to specialize
In doing thoughtful deeds.
Before you ask, they understand
Your problems and your needs.
They help because they want to,
They find joy in being kind,
And making others happy
Is the first thing on their minds.
They make this world a better place
By practicing the art
Of reaching out to others
And by going... from the heart."
Amanda Bradley

Monday, February 4, 2013

Are All your Books are About History of Fashion Accessories?

People ask me, if all my books are about history of fashion accessories? Yes, the books entitled "Socks: History and Present," "Gloves: History and Present," and "Dairy of the Handkerchief" are from the History of Fashion Accessories series. Soon is coming up a new book within this series entitled "The Chronology of Hats in Enjoyable Quotations."

Also there is a book that stands out among other, because it is written about burlap and jute. The book is about history of textile and is entitle "About Being able to Look GOOD in a Burlap Sack." The burlap applications are various, and it used even on the high-end fashion. The qualities of the fabric, it texture, and affordability are all great elements that attract the users to mix the old and new, the bold and bright colors, etc.

Shhhhh! The secret is out: the next book is about history and present of hats.

Red Hearts in February

JaNEWary past very fast, and we are already in February. There are many red hearts in February. Love and health of the human hearts are essential in February. What is a heart? From medical perspective a blood pump, "the viscus of cardiac muscle that maintains the circulation of blood." There are people with big hearts and great souls, and they are our role models that making our lives meaningful and pleasant. Also, there are people that called heartless, people without a heart, or people who have hearts from steel. As usual they are associated with mean, selfish people, who do not care about others. But once a year, we the people with red hearts have a possibility to reach out to other people with red hearts, to people with purple hearts, to people with small hearts, and to people with broken hearts. The miracle happens in FeBRUary. The hearts are taking over the soul, the hearts are commanding the mind and brain, people start to think with a heart or hearty, or heartily. Let's celebrate great hearts of our love ones, and spread the goodness of our hearts making life meaningful not only in FebBRUry, but all year around.

Monday, January 21, 2013

It Goes On!

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on!" (Robert Frost)

Yes, it does... life continues whether you decide to make the most of it or not. So give this some thought: You can dwell on the past or you can take delight in the future. You can march forward with confidence or you can stand still. You can accomplish great things or you can think small thoughts. You can make the world a better place or you can make the world a bitter place.
Realize your potential, fulfill your dreams, and the focus will move away from yourself and onto others. Indeed, life goes on - so get out there and make every moment you have count!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Prince of the Parking Lot

Over the evergreen parking lot edge a huge green old tree towers. Day and night it bounds with the Prince of the Parking Lot, the Frog. He jumps to the right and sings a ditty, he jumps to the left, and tells a story sitting at the giant routs of the tree. What marvels there! Little birds are resting and nesting high in the tree enjoying the afternoon sun rays. Insects, midges, mosquitoes, ants from  swamps and valleys found their perfect home coming from far away. Over the sandy beaches creep, and from the clear and shining water pond to the lovely warm south under the tree, to the evergreen parking lot. There were no any nice warm swamps, but the fat worms were fat. The frog, with all her four paws is jerking at the water sprinkle flopping luckily into little hole at the edge of the tree in the cement. The man's eyes would not see the home of His Majesty. His new house was without a door, without a window, and near the huge green old tree, where I like to sit at my lunch break and drink a sweet mead at my leisure, recounting tales from my past and using the pleasure here and now that will be shared with you all ...

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Books about Burlap

There are very few books about burlap and jute.

For children, I would recommend the book entitled "Uncle Hubbard and the Burlap Sack" by Mary Smith Hardy published in 2012.

For adults, there are few current books. The most current is "About Being able to Look GOOD in a Burlap Sack" by Ida Tomshinsky that will tell you about history of jute and burlap, burlap sacks, and other burlap applications. The book will be appreciated in hard economic times as it reintroduce by the author as an affordable textile that could be use in both fashion and interior design.

This book just became available. It is published by Xlibris in the first days of 2013.
ISBN 978-1-4653-8809-4
Order Today!
Call 888-795-4274 ext 7879, order online at,,, or visit your local bookstore.

Where Burlap Comes From?

Burlap comes from minor vegetable fibers that are generally composed mainly of cellulose: examples include cotton, jute, flax, ramie, sisal, and hemp. Cellulose fibers serve in the manufacture of paper and cloth. Minor natural vegetable fibers can be further categorized into the following  description: seed fiber, leaf fiber, bast fiber, fruit fiber, and stalk fiber. The most used minor vegetable fibers are cotton, flax (linen) and hamp, although sisal, jute, kenaf, bamboo and coconut are also widely used.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bible Quotes

Bible Quotes: "When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with loud and bitter cry; and came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth." It is difficult to say if he looked good in sackcloth from the quot, but it was unusual and perhaps brave for the culture of this period, and, who knows, maybe he was setting a new fashion trend for his admires and followers.

The Flour Sack

"In the long ago time when things were saved,
When roads were graveled and barrels were staved.

When worn-out clothing was used as rags,
And there were no plastic wrap or bags.

And the well and the pump were way out back,
A versatile item, was the flour sack."

"The Flour Sack" by Colleen Hubert