Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April Photo Roundup

Each month Hatters share hundreds of stories and photos with Hatquarters, and we wish we had enough publications to be able to share every memory with the world. Since we can't do that, we decided to start a monthly photo roundup to highlight the photos that were submitted in the previous weeks. We just can't let our Members' beautiful smiles and creativity go unseen.

The first photo roundup just happens to highlight the photos submitted during the very special month of April. The Red Hat Society was founded on April 25, 1998, and each year Hatters around the world gather on April 25th to celebrate RHS Day. Because this was the year of the Red Hat Society's momentous 15th Birthday, this photo video highlights the many ways Hatters paid homage to the start of the Sisterhood by celebrating the "Magic in the Hat" in their own way. We hope you enjoy!

Each woman video is a testament to the fact that this special Sisterhood transcends all boundaries and we are united in the celebration of life. Join the fun! There's only one Red Hat Society!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

DIY Plaited Straw Cup and Saucer Hat

Hatters truly are getting into the spirit of the upcoming 2013 Southern HospitaliTEA Convention! This adorable tea cup and saucer hat was created by Rocket Scientiss, Jeannette,  an RHS Queen from California, and she was kind enough to share the step-by-step process of how to make it! This craft can also be used as a centerpiece at an upcoming event! Are you interested in making it? Keep reading for all of the details!  

What you need:
- Two plaited straw hats of the same size, 7”- 10” diameter
- Water
- Clamps
- Thread and Needle
- Glue
- Bottle or jar to fit inside of the hat crown

How to assemble:

The Saucer:
1.  Dampen the entire hat, but especially the crown.
2.  When the crown is sufficiently pliable, place the hat on a flat surface and push the tip of the crown down into itself.
3. Flip the hat over so the bottom of the hat is not the top (the brim should flare upward like a saucer). The tip of the crown should come a little above the inner edge of the brim.
4. Gently flatten the tip of the crown to make attaching the teacup easier.
5. Let it set to dry

The Tea Cup:
1. Dampen the entire second hat until it is pliable
2. Place it over a jar or bottle and gently pull down the edges, working your way around to evenly lengthen the shape of the crown.
3. Starting with the outer edge of the brim snip the first few threads that hold the plaits together, and unwind the brim snipping a few threads at a time until you have created a short flare for the teacup. Pick out the loose threads and trim the excess straw neatly using utility scissors.
4.  Finger-shape the cup, on the bottle while it is still damp and use clamps, if necessary to hold the shape. Let it dry.

The Handle:
1.  Find a nice looking length of straw plait and re-dampen it if necessary
2.  Choose the desired handle shape using pins to hold any curls while you gauge the length of the plait against the cup.
3.  Shape the handle and stitch or glue it to the cup. Allow it to dry for gluing later.

Once all of the pieces are dry, apply paintable glue to the raw ends of the straw to keep them from fraying. Paint the cup and the saucer your desired color before attaching them. Sew or glue the cup to the saucer and sew it at an angle to a headband. For the final touches, add whatever decorative elements fit your personality! 

We hope you enjoy this craft, and please be sure to share your pictures with us at Stories@RedHatSociety.com. 

Are you interested in joining the Red Hat Society? You could win a free Gift of Membership in our Birthday month of April! Simply print and decorate the 15 Printable, and post a photo of yourself with it on Facebook! The winners will be announced on Monday, April 22nd! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Feliz Cumpleanos Red Hat Society!

The month of April is all about the Red Hat Society's 15th Birthday, and we are amazed by the stories coming in to Hatquarters showcasing the different celebrations taking place. RHS Amabassador, Queen Jean, of the Bexar Brilliant Red Hatters of San Antonio, submitted these photos from the 2013 Red Hat Quinceanera, which was attended by more than 200 Hatters this year.

If you're not familiar with a Quinceanera, it's a popular celebration in Latin America, which takes place on a young woman's 15th Birthday. The attendees dressed in formal gowns in various hues of purple and lavender, and they donned crowns with red and pink jewels to complete their regalia.

Queen Jean commented, "Red Hat Sisters from all over Texas along with a few from out of state danced, sang, won door prizes, raffles and received a beautiful Quinceanera  pin. Thanks to Queen Olga 'Mike' Spotswood and her group of volunteers who put in lots of long hours. A lovely meal was served and lots fun loving Sisters enjoyed the afternoon full of laughter, celebration and Red Sparkles!"

Take a look at these incredible pictures!

The truck is packed for the 2013 Southern HospitaliTEA International Convention, and it's on its way to HATlanta! Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook for full coverage of our 15th Anniversary convention! Are you an Atlanta local? Join us on Saturday, April 27th, at the Hat District shopping area in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis for $5 if you are a Member and $25 if you are not yet a Member. ($20 will go toward your year-long Membership to the Red Hat Society!)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hat Box Tags

In a Hatter's world Spring Cleaning takes on a different meaning. The colors the never change, when the  regalia consists of hats, bling, feathers and all things shimmery and shiny, sometimes a little organization is in order.

This week the Hatquarters of the Red Hat Society received an organizational craft from the Duchess of Tap Denise, who was frustrated with having difficulty finding the exact hats that she wanted to wear in her closet. Denise keeps all of her hats in hat boxes to protect them, so to remedy the situation, she created Hat Box Tags with pictures of the tags and other decorative elements to hang from the hat boxes.

This craft is not just perfect for hats, but it works for shoes, jackets and other clothing you have to keep in boxes.

What You'll Need: 
-Photo of Hat
-Card Stock Tags
-Glue Stick or Glue
-Decorative items like Stickers, glitter, feathers, sayings, etc.
-Buttons/ Beads
-Thread and needle
-Clear contact paper or laminate

1. Take a photo of the hat. It can be on a hat or wig head for better view. A plain background is best (use a sheet).
2. Cut out the hat photo, either cutting the hat alone, or leaving it on the hat stand. Your Preference
3. Paste your hat photo on your card stock tag, centered and prominent on the tag
4. Use other decorative items around the hat to make the tag pretty and festive
5. Cover the tag with contact paper or laminate front and bac. This will keep your decorations on the tag and preserve it. Cut around the tag leaving 1/8" inch margin so laminate will adhere to itself
6. Near top center or corner, cut a hole in the tag. (You can use and Xacto knife or hole puncher)
7. Thread your ribbon through the hole. Bring the ends together and sew on a button or bead to join together 8. Hang your tag on your hatbox with the button on the inside. This keeps your tag from falling off.

There you have it! Now you can easily find the hat you wish to wear.

Do you have a unique organizational idea? Share it with us! Just leave us a comment below. Ready to build a Red or Pink Hat collection of your own? Click here to become a Member of the Red Hat Society today! Join the fun, there's only one!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Ruby RedHat's Email Tutorial

 Ruby RedHat Here!

For those of your who don't know me, my name is Ruby RedHat, and I am the Red Hat Society's pint-sized mascot. I'm making a very rare appearance here on Red Hat Chat to lend a helping hand with creating your own email account. 

After spending some much-need girl time with some of my friends in the Red Hat Society this weekend, I was shocked to discover that many of these women did not have access to email. When I asked them why, they responded that they either had never learned how to sign up for an email account, they thought it would cost them money or just flat out be difficult to do. These ladies are missing out on their weekly Friday Broadcast newsletter, Events Emails, and some other vital information coming from the Red Hat Society each month, and I'm determined to help change that. 

So this week, I contacted my friends at Hatquarters to ask them if I could do a blog tutorial on how to start an email account from two of the most popular and free email providers: Google and Yahoo, and they were happy to let me do it. I've tried to show every single step, but if you have questions or need additional information, please just leave a comment below, and I would be happy to get back to you. 

Now let's get started! 


Step 1: Open your preferred internet browser and type www.gmail.com to bring up this screen. Click on the red Sign Up button to create your account.

Step 2: Fill in the requested information, and choose your Username and Password. (F.Y.I. The request for a Mobile Phone number is just to help you retrieve your Username or Password if you ever forget it.) 

Step 3: When you the sign up, you will be taken to this page. Notice your  new email name in the right-hand corner. Click the word Gmail (circled for reference) to access your email account. 

Gmail Home Screen: Once you have created your account this is what your daily Gmail home screen will look like.

Accessing Your Gmail Account from Google

Yahoo: Open your preferred internet browser and type www.yahoo.com to bring up this screen. Click on the Mail button on the left to get started.

Step 1: Click on the yellow Create New Account 

Step 2: Fill out the requested information. Yahoo will also prompt you for your mobile number in the event that you forget your Username or Password.

Step 3: Fill out your preferred security information 

Yahoo Inbox Homepage: Once you have created your account this is what your daily Yahoo Mail home screen will look like. I've circle all of the places you can go to access your Inbox.

See! That wasn't difficult at all! The whole process for each provider took me about 5 minutes. Once you're signed up, you'll just log into these sites to check your email at your convenience.

If you are a Red Hat Society Member who is creating a new email account, don't forget to update your RHS Account information so you can start getting your emails from the Red Hat Society.

Not a Member? You can still receive the Friday Broadcast weekly newsletter from the Red Hat Society by clicking here to Subscribe. Of course, the only way to experience all of the fun the Red Hat Society has to offer is to join and experience it for yourself!

Again, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! I'm happy to help!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Sweetest Ring You'll Ever Wear

Feast your eyes on this fun DIY Candy Ring!

One of the team members at Hatquarters stumbled across this craft when she was looking for some new ideas for DIY accessories to add to the regalia for the upcoming 2013 Southern HospitaliTEA International Convention. In a Sisterhood that's all about BLING, we just had to share this sweet craft with you! It's simple, cute and the perfect unique treat to brighten someone's day!

What you need:
- Two pieces of pipe cleaner
- A Hershey's Kiss.

Want to learn how to make it? Read on:

Step 1: Make a cross with two pieces of pipe cleaner. We chose red and purple to match our regalia colors, but you can use any color.

Step 2: Place the Hershey's Kiss flat side down, right over the center.

Step 3: Fold the pieces up to match the opposite side and twist them together at the peak of the candy forming a solitaire shape.

Step 4: Wrap the excess material around your finger forming the band of the ring.

Step 5: Bring the loose ends up and wrap them around the top of the ring.  

Here's the final product:

We hope you enjoy this fun craft, and be sure to let us know what you think!

Want to get in on the fun? Be sure to visit our website: www.RedHatSociety.com to see how you can join today! 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Let's Celebrate

One of our Members recently shared that she was playing a game online, and the prompt was: "Name the  top 5 things women do when they turn 50." The answers were based on a poll conducted on a certain number of people, and were placed in the order of the most common response. In true RHS spirit, her first answer was "celebrate," but much to her surprise, it ended up being one of the last answers on the list. Her other guesses included "have a party" and "eat cake," but neither of those responses yielded points. When she finally guessed her third wrong response, the answers showed up, and she was shocked by the list, which included:
- Cry
- Get a makeover
- Get a facelift
- Get Botox

We at the Red Hat Society shared her dismay in these responses. We believe that the age of 50 is a magical year that should be celebrated- not mourned! We want to change the perception that everything is down hill from here, because it's really not! There are women playing in the Sisterhood who:
-Participate in 500-1,000 mile hikes 
-Travel the world with fellow Hatters 
-Have completed Warrior Dashes
-Were inspired to go sky diving for the first time
-Were featured on television shows in their fabulous regalia
-Have made life-long friends and found true joy in the celebration of life

Benevolent Queen Barbara of the Royal Desert Flowers Chapter sums it up best when she recently shared: 

"Looking back to that first day I put on a red hat, it had crossed my mind that this 'Sisterhood' may just be a fad and not last long. I could not be more wrong. The bond is there, right under our red hats. I'm so proud to be a part of this bond. It is wonderful to belong in this Society of Red Hat ladies. It is wonderful to discover the confidence and self-esteem I need to accept all that life has to offer. I look forward to each day."  

Queen Barbara is absolutely right that the Sisterhood and passion of the Red Hat Society to inspire women to live life to the fullest is not a fad. In fact, we are celebrating our 15th Birthday this month! A Sisterhood that started at an afternoon tea outing in Fullerton, California is now in 32 countries, including Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Germany and most recently Saudi Arabia, and we are growing every day! 

Are you going to be 50 this year? Happy Birthday!! We invite you to CELEBRATE this momentous year and the many years to come with us. Of course, you don't have to be 50 to join. Simply, become a Pink Hatter, or as we like to call them our "Ladies in Waiting."  It's never too early or too late to take  life by the reigns and tell it you are not done yet. Click here to join today!