Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DIY Sparkle Shoes

Give an old pair of heels some new life with this easy craft shared by Duchess Diva Deb of the Order of the Drama Queens Chapter.

What You Need:
- A pair of old heels
- Spray Glue
- Medium tube of fine or coarse glitter
- Painter’s tape
- Spray acrylic

First, tape the soles of your shoes. Next, apply a coat of glue to your shoes and sprinkle on the first coat of glitter. Allow time for the first coat to dry. Apply a second coat of glue and glitter. Once the shoes have dried, apply a final coat of spray acrylic.

There you have it! We would like to thank the very creative Duchess Diva Deb for this fabulous idea! 

2015 Speedway Sparkle International Convention
Red Hat Society Members are invited to twinkle, sparkle and shine at the 2015 Speedway Sparkle International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Have you registered? Click here to learn more! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Always RHS Hoot Day Wrap-Up

On Tuesday, November 18th, Hatters around the world made their way to their local Walmarts to participate in the Red Hat Society's first-ever Always RHS Hoot Day. A Hoot is a Red Hat Society term that refers to an informal event where Members go to a predetermined location in mass and gather briefly to socialize, shop, meander, and enjoy lunch. In other words, it's a day for RHS Members to see and be seen!

To celebrate the Red Hat Society's year-long partnership with Procter & Gamble's newest product, Always Discreet available at Walmart, and to spread the word about the Sisterhood, Always Discreet partnered with the RHS to make this Member-wide Hoot an event to remember. Hatters who participated in the Hoot had an opportunity to complete a scavenger hunt to win one of 12 free Speedway Sparkle International Convention registrations in an #AlwaysRHSHoot social media sweepstakes. And if they purchased Always Discreet at Walmart, they could receive a limited-edition "Discreet Diva" pin.

In the weeks leading up to the event, the Hatquarters of the Red Hat Society was buzzing with excitement as it rallied Members around the world to gather their Sisters and join in the Always RHS Hoot Day fun. Hatquarters team Members and RHS Ambassadors also participated in media interviews in California, Miami, Texas and Georgia to talk-up the event and the Sisterhood just days before Always RHS Hoot Day. By November 18th, more than 2,000 Members had RSVP'd to play in the US, Canada and Australia.

On the day of the event, Hatters headed to their local Walmarts for some Red Hat fun! With their scavenger cards in-hand, they sashayed around the store in their famous regalia to find their items. Once the scavenger hunt was finished, they posed for a picture with their completed cards to share on social media with the hashtag #AlwaysRHSHoot. Throughout the day, pictures and check-ins appeared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from 40 states in the US, British Columbia, Canada and Ontario, Canada. Although many Hatters posed with their cards in the Always Discreet aisle, some Member opted for action shots and group shots throughout the store with their Sisters. Some Members even inspired Walmart employees and managers to join in the photo fun. We have included several photo collages in this post highlighting the photos that were shared throughout the day.

And the winners are... 
The winners of the #AlwaysRHSHoot social media sweepstakes were selected at random on Wednesday, November 19th. Once all of the photos were compiled from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the names of the submissions were folded, dropped into a hat and mixed well for the drawing. Here's a peek at our super official drawing: 

Congratulations to Speedway Sparkle Convention Attendees:
Amanda Devine from Puyallup, WA

Bobbi Stevens Ryan from La Center, WA

Bobbi Harrison from Puyallup, WA

Diane Wiedboldt from Suffolk, VA

Jan Huskey from Chickamauga, GA

Kay MacLean from Reno, NV 

Linda Kelley Johnston from Livermore, CA

Lordiel Elizabeth Palmer from Fairburn, GA

Lynn Johnson from Smithfield, NC

Rita McAdoo Bey from Greensboro, NC

Sandra Gibbs from Houston, TX

Sylvia Tijerina-Esquivel from San Antonio, TX

Hatquarters was thrilled to connect with the winners of the contest on the 20th to confirm registration details! We learned that many of the winners had been texted, called and Facebook messaged as soon as the announcement was made. One of the winners, Sandra Gibbs from Houston, TX, shared that at some point in the middle of the night, her daughter told her, "Please go to be, Momma." To which Sandra respond, "I can't go to bed. I'm going to INDY!"

We would like to thank everyone who participated in Always RHS Hoot Day! If you purchased Always Discreet product on November 18th, be sure to send your receipt, the UPC bar code from the package and the rebate form  to the indicated address to redeem your limited-edition "Discreet Diva" pin. (These pins are only available while supplies last, and they are limited to US residents only.) 

Now for some photo fun!
Here are the photos that were shared on Always RHS Hoot Day. We can guarantee that you won't be able to scroll through these without smiling!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Always RHS Hoot Day Social Media Tutorial

On RHS Hoot Day (November 18, 2014), Hatters will have a chance to win (1) free main convention registration for the 2015 Speedway Sparkle International Convention. A total of 12 winners will be announced on November 19, 2014, and entering the sweepstakes is easy! 

How to enter:
1. Take a selfie with your completed RHS Hoot Day Scavenger Hunt game card
2. Upload and write a caption for your selfie using the #AlwaysRHSHoot hashtag
3. Share it on any one of the following social media outlets:

Official Rules
  •          Entrants must be Members of the Red Hat Society.
  •          The photo must include your completed scavenger hunt game card
  •          Photo must be tagged with #AlwaysRHSHoot on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Only one channel is required for entry, and an individual Hatter can only win one prize.
  •          Only 1 entry per channel, per Hatter is allowed. Hatters posting from multiple accounts on the same social channel will be ineligible.
  •          Social accounts of the Hatter must be public for entry. Posts made through private or protected accounts will not be discoverable.
  •          If more than one Hatter is in the photo, the only eligible entrant is the owner of the social channel from which it was posted. Encourage all your Sisters to post.
  •          Photo must be submitted between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. ET on Nov. 18, 2014

What is a Selfie?

RHS Social Butterfly, Joann Miller, recently tackled this common question. Here’s what she had to say:

A selfie is where you take a picture of yourself. It's ALL about you! How many of you remember setting the timer on your camera so you could then run around to be in the shot? Yep! That's a selfie! Lucky for us, today's digital cameras allow us to just point and click.  Plus, we all tend to have a device with us that can grab a picture at any time. For example, most of us have cameras in our cell phones. Perfect for those selfie moments. If your device has a front facing camera it is easiest to use that as you can see what is in the frame.”

For step by step instructions to hashtagging on your Smartphone or tablet, take a look at these infographics:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Guest Post from International Partner HATalk e-Magazine: DIY Red Hat

Have you ever found a gorgeous straw hat in a thrift store that would be absolutely perfect if only it was in red?? Here's a DIY trick you'll love...

You Will Need:

  • A straw or sinamay hat of any color
  • Car spray paint in bright red (NOTE: this is highly flammable and should only be used outdoors in dry, still weather conditions. Wear rubber gloves and read all the instructions on the can carefully before use.)
  • A stool, some bricks and some thin plastic sheet to make a support for your hat while spraying
  • Apron
  • Rubber gloves
  • Tissue paper or plastic carrier bags to stuff inside the hat crown and help keep it in place on the support

Arrange your hat support outdoors in a windless position. We placed two bricks on an old stool with one brick standing on end. We covered everything with a sheet of this plastic. We then stuffed the hat crown with some tissue paper and wedged it gently onto the upstanding brick. This meant that the hat was fixed at a comfortable height for spraying and would not be moved by the force of the spray.

Shake the can well before use (the instructions on our can well before use (the instructions on our can state that it should be agitated for two minutes). Following the instructions on the can and begin to spray the hat. Don't over-spray -- a thin, even coat is best. Turn the hat as necessary while spraying to ensure even coverage. When the top surface is completely covered, leave the hat to dry for a few minutes. 

Lift the hat off the brick and remove the tissue paper. Rearrange the bricks to form a nest into which the hat crown will fit, and replace the plastic sheeting. Now spray the underside of the brim. Take special care that the brim edge is evenly sprayed. No need to spray inside the crown-- it will not be seen, Leave the hat to dry completely once more. Cover the can and put it away in a safe place and then decide how you want to decorate your new hat!

This tip was taken from the ebook How to Make a Red Hat by Ann More-Brown. This ebook is a free gift from HATalk e-magazine to any Member of the Red Hat Society. If you would like a free copy, simply send an email to mail@hatalkrhs.com with the words 'Free Ebook' in the subject line and we'll get one sent out to you right away!