Friday, March 30, 2012

The Legacy Hat Challenge



Hatters are incredibly crafty! ! It’s always fun to see the how RHS Queens and Members can take something and just make it their own! This  week, we would like to propose a Legacy Hat Challenge. 

If you received a Legacy Hat in your Membership Kit and have decorated it, then we want to see pictures of your creation! The best thing about this hat is its versatility! Some Hatters call it the floppy hat, because the brim is wide, and it tends to flop down. Others call it the travel hat, because it can fit so easily in suitcases when traveling! For Pink Hatters, this hat is a symbolic gift meant to be kept in anticipation of their magical 50th Birthday. 

Queen Lynette of the Strawberry Tarts (Washington, United States) submitted a few fun suggestions that you might want to try. We can't wait to see what you come up with. We will also post our own spruced up Legacy Hat on Red Hat Chat next week! 

Tips from Queen Lynette:

"If you simply remove a couple of the rows (between 2 and 3 yards of ribbon) you'll be amazed at the different look you have. Add a bow here, some feathers there, pins for a jaunty look, or hatbands with everything on them. The possibilities are endless when you find the right width. Don't forget this is one of the easiest hats to pack. With all the conventions coming up, just add the embellishments and you are set. Now get those creative juices flowing!"

Extra strength starch spray works wonders too! 

Once you have decorated your Legacy Hat, please feel free to share your photos and ideas with us! You can email them to Stories@RedHatSociety.com or post them on the 
Red Hat Society's Facebook Page. If you are a Member, and no longer have your Legacy Hat, you can purchase one for $10 by clicking here. Let's see what we come up with! 

Here are some fun items you might want to use! The pins can be purchased at the RHS Store:



















Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Fun and Fabulous Outing!



It's the last few days of National Women's History Month, and Hatquarters received this fun story from "Alice the Queen" of the Fun and Fabulous Red Hats (Arizona, United States). Her Chapter combined a St. Patrick's Day and an National Women's History Month celebration into one fabulous outing. They also shared a fun quiz that you can print out and try yourself.

"Our Chapter, the Fun and Fabulous Red Hats Chapter had our monthly luncheon today at one of our favorite local spots. We had one of our favorite (and most good-looking) servers waiting on us today: Jeremy.
 
As a salute to National Women's History Month, Chapter Co-Queen Alice put together a fun game based on matching names of famous women with their areas of expertise.  (You will surely guess #16!)  Of the 18 Red Hatters in attendance, a whopping 6 guessed ALL 20 women correctly, and another 5 chapterettes got at least 15 right!  Red Hat-themed prizes were distributed, and a great time was had by all! 
 
If other chapters would like to have fun with this game, they are more than welcome!

Thank you for sharing this fun story and game Alice! You ladies look fabulous!!







If you have a story that you would like to share with the Red Hat Society, submit it to Stories@redhatsociety.com. If you would like to learn about how you can join the Red Hat Society, click here

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Timeless DIY Fashion Piece


Every Hatter loves her bling! This fabulous DIY project will show you how you can take those long beaded pearl strands you may see in the accessory sections of your favorite stores or even at local craft stores. We like to think outside of the box with every project that we do, and rather than wearing the necklaces the way you might normally wear them, we wanted to show you how you can change things up and add your own  bling! This project is quick, easy and most importantly, fabulous!

Here's what you need:
-A few strands of long pearls
-Ribbon 
-A fabulous brooch
-Scissors

How to assemble:
Step 1: Lay the necklaces length wise one top of each other creating a layering affect. 
Step 2: Cut two strips of ribbon about 6 inches long. 
Step 3: String one piece of ribbon through one side of the gathered necklace strands and tie them together in a lop-sided knot leaving extra ribbon to create the final knot. 
Step 4: String the other piece of ribbon through the other side of the gathered necklace strands and tie them together in a lop-sided knot leaving extra ribbon to create the final knot.  
Step 5: Bring the two sides together and tie at the the back of the neck with the extra ribbon.
Step 6: Attach your fabulous brooch wherever you would like on the necklace to add that extra bit of pizzazz! 

There you have it ladies! Your own fabulous DIY Pearls with Bling necklace! This is the perfect addition to your regalia, and a glamorous accessory to get you ready for the Golden Age of Glamour International Convention. If you try this DIY project, please be sure to share your photos on the Red Hat Society's Facebook Page.Remember, you can never have too much bling in the Red Hat Society! 



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Fabulous DIY Flower Headband

We Hatters love a great project! This super fun and cute Flower Headband is sure to be a great Chapter Activity! Can you believe this fabulous hat was crafted with a few colorful napkins? Here's how you can make your own fabulous headband! 

What you need: 
-Napkins in your desired colors. You will need two packs: 13 in. x 13 in. for the body of the flower, and 9 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. for the top color accent.
-Scissors
-String that matches your color scheme.
-Ribbon for your headband 

How to assemble:
Step 1: Unfold four of the larger napkins 
Step 2: Stack the napkins on top of each other
Step 3: Lay one smaller napkin on top of the stack
Step 4: Start on one side and fold like an accordion about an inch thick
Step 5&6: Fold until the stack resembles a closed hand fan
Step 7: Tie the stack in the middle with your string to hold it together
Step 8: Spread the napkin on either side of the tied center
Step 9: Gather your smaller accent napkin on one side and cut along the edge to create a curved edge (As pictured in #10). Repeat on the other side.
Step 10: Gather the large napkin on one side and cut along the edge to create a curved edge (As pictured in  # 13)
Step 11: Spread and fluff your accent napkin as you would like it to look on your headband.
Step 12: Spread and fluff the larger napkin as you would like it to look on your headband
Step 13: String the ribbon through the tied center of your headband and arrange your napkin flower wherever you would like it to sit on your head. 

There you have it ladies!  A fabulous DIY Napkin Flower Headband! If you try this project at home, please share your photos with the Red Hat Society on our Facebook Page. Please comment below and let us know if you have any other DIY projects you would like to see. If you have a story or project that you would like to share with the Red Hat Society, email it to Stories@redhatsociety.com.





Thursday, March 15, 2012

RHS St. Patrick's Day Cards!



Want to share a bit of Scarlet Sparkle with your family friends and Sisters on St. Patrick's Day? Print out these fabulous RHS St. Patrick's Day cards, and pass them out to whoever you would like.
These cards are located in the Fun Stuff tab of the Red Hat Society website, and they are just one of the many free benefits available to Members of the Red Hat Society.

Hatters have free access to RHS cards for every holiday, wonderful computer wallpapers, Chapter activity ideas, and fun printable party favors. Click here to learn how you can become a Member and download these fun items today!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

She's A Star!



Happy International Women's Day! Did you know that the Red Hat Society has Chapters in more than 30 different countries? It is currently one of the largest Women's Social Organization in the world and it's growing every day with women from all walks of life. One of the great things about being a part of the Hatquarters of the Red Hat Society is the ability to meet and interact with Hatters on a daily basis, because these women are truly incredible. 

One Hatter who regularly visits Hatquarters is Diana, aka Queen of Quite A Lot, of the Purple, Red and Ravishing Chapter (California, United States). Diana has taken her Chapter on tours of Hatquarters, and she even takes time out of her schedule to volunteer here. This past weekend she hosted her first Meet and Greet to inspire women in her area to join the Red Hat Society, and she is always one of the first people to respond to women who have questions about the Sisterhood on the Red Hat Society's Facebook Page. 

What inspired Diana to join the Red Hat Society?  

Well, California is a big state and when Diana moved from one part of California to another, it left her without nearby family or a single friend. Diana set out to remedy that by doing an online search for an interesting women’s organization to join.  The Red Hat Society popped up, and it looked fun and well… delightfully different.  She joined the Society, found a chapter to join and started making friends.  Eventually this led to she and a friend starting their own local chapter, the Purple, Red and Ravishing and a Queen was born. 
Queen Diana is now a RHS Ambassador and helps other women start Chapters and make lots of friends.

It's women like Diana who make the Society the incredible women's organization that it is. She is extremely friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about the Sisterhood, and she takes pride in her Queenship and her role as an Ambassador. 

Thank you Diana for all of the work that you do for the Red Hat Society!

If you know of a Hatter who deserves a moment in the spotlight, please email Stories@redhatsociety.com with information about the woman and some pictures. Please title your email: She's Famous. 

If  you would like to learn about how you can become a part of the Red Hat Society, click here. You can also search for Chapters in your area on the Red Hat Society's website: www.redhatsociety.com. We are not able to give the exact locations of each Chapter, but we can let you know how many are in your area, and you can contact Memberservices@redhatsociety.com for more information if you would like. We hope to see you Hatting soon!   



Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Are You Ready To Share The Hat?




Sometimes it's the little things that can brighten someone's day or give them an extra pep to their step. For many of us Hatters, it was the Magic in the Hat that made a profound impact on our lives, and we have come to realize that the feelings of fun, friendship, freedom and fulfillment of lifelong dreams are universal. 

The Red Hat Society decided that everyone should be able to experience the Magic in the Hat, and we created "Share the Hat" appreciation cards that could be downloaded and printed from The Red Hat Society's webite to give to someone who could use a bit of recognition, inspiration and empowerment. We even had a Share the Hat Day where we encouraged every Hatter to pass these cards out to as many people as we could. 

This year Share the Hat has not only be extended to a full week, but it has also gone viral! For the week of March the 12th through the 15th you will be able to virtually share the Hat through the Red Hat Society's Facebook Fan Page. On Monday March 12th you will be able to click "SHARE" to pass the virtual cards on to whom ever you would like to recognize! 


Of course the printable cards are still available for anyone who does not have a Facebook! Simply click here and you can read all about Share the Hat Week and download your cards! Together we can uplift everyone with the spirit of fun and friendship in the Sisterhood! 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Red Hat Style



Hatters of the Red Hat Society have a style all our own, and we want to use this blog to showcase Members in all of our glitz and glam in a new segment called "Red Hat Style."

Pictured above is our first "Red Hat Style Fashionista," Norma, of the Order of the Drama Queens Chapter (California, United States). Norma waltzed into Hatquarters with a beautiful smile on her face and an incredible blinged-out hat that is perfect for the Golden Age of Glamour InternationalConvention! She was so fabulous and so sweet, that she just had to be featured in this segment. This Hatter loves her bling, and she wanted to make sure that it showed in every picture we took! Doesn't she look fabulous? 

Thank you Norma for being the first "Red Hat Style Fashionista!"

Red Hat Style is an ongoing segment that will be featured once a month on Red Hat Chat. If you would like to be included in a future Red Hat Style post, be sure to send your photos to Stories@redhatsociety.com with the subject line "Fashionista." We hope this segment will catch on so we can feature as many Red Hat Society Fashionistas as possible! Be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think!