Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Faux and Fabulous




Red Hat Society Queens have a secret... Our secret is that it's really fun to be the Queen! 

We trail around in our finery, waving royally to the adoring crowds with our wonderful Chapterettes in tow. For these few precious moments, we don't have a care in the world as we commit to do as little real work as possible.

This is the role of a Queen in the Red Hat Society.  She is the spark. She is the heart. She starts the Chapter, gathers her court, and oversees fun stuff with her ladies. Then the real magic begins. A real pleasure in being the Queen is when all your ladies are gathered around you laughing, hugging and generally making merry!



Red Hat Society Hatquarters received a very gracious letter from a real Queen; the Queen of England.  We had invited her to join our contingent for tea while we were visiting her beautiful country for the London New Year's Day Parade. Unfortunately, she had to decline. You can imagine her busy schedule. Her secretary told us that her schedule is booked one year or more, in advance.  But we, RHS Queens (faux and fabulous), have an advantage over this very famous Queen. We exist to promote fun, lightness of spirit and Sisterhood. And although, we are sometimes booked a year in advance too, we are so blessed to be able to devote time to something that makes us happy as women. The RHS gives us an excuse to play even if it's just for a little while.


If you are a Red Hat Society Queen, we thank you for everything that you do to make the world more colorful.  If you’d like to be a Queen too……Learn all about us and join today!


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Friday, March 27, 2015

Beaded Easter Eggs!

Easter is a time of new beginnings, Spring, pastels and warmer weather.  It is also a time for bunnies, baskets, and jellybeans! And who can forget those colorful eggs! The Red Hat Society ladies love any reason to play, have fun and add sparkle to everything we touch.  So for this Easter we decided to put our own RHS spin to the classic Easter egg decoration.


Materials:
Small beads
Plastic eggs
Tacky glue
Tape
Paper bowl








Start with taping the top and bottom of the egg so another color can be added later.


 Add tacky glue to a small section in the middle of the egg.  Working one small section at a time pour, roll or pack beads to the area of the egg that has glue on it.  Be sure to use a paper bowl underneath your egg to keep the falling beads contained in one area.  Continue until the whole egg is covered in beads.  Allow to dry for 24 hours.



To add another color to the egg.  Remove tape from the top and bottom of the egg.  Add glue and beads of a different color to both top and bottom until all areas are covered. Allow to dry.



Place your beautiful sparkle eggs in a basket and display on your table!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Column!!!! “We’re All Sisters Here!”

Telling Your Story

Ladies, have you ever considered telling your story? Your stories are the experiences in your life that brought you through adversities or sorrows and you're still sober and sane. Telling your story just might help someone overcome an addiction to drugs, alcohol, food, or some other inappropriate behavior patterns. Telling your story could free someone from an abusive relationship or a physical infirmary that saps their strength, drains their mental energy, or robs them of their peace of mind. Hearing your story they might think if you made it over and through, perhaps they can too, and they can gather information on the situation and formulate a solution.

Believe it or not people want to know their problem is not unique to them, somebody else went through the same thing or a similar thing. When you are telling your story, you are freeing someone from bondage, helping them possibly see a way out of an unpleasant situation and into a new attitude about life and loving themselves.

Speak up and strive to make a difference even if you don't think what you say counts, it really does!!! Having Red Hat Society sisters creates a unique and supporting role in a woman's life.  They are about Fun, Friendship, Freedom, Fulfillment, and Fitness. Within this combo package they strive to exude everything that is 'Simply Fun' for enjoying the essence of life, and remember everyone has a story to tell! 


Ambassador & Queen June Jones, Corona Jewels, Chino Hills, CA, USA 



















Have a story you want to share?  Send it to us at stories@redhatsociety.com.  Who knows…you could be the next featured article in our “We’re All Sisters Here!” column.  

Are you not a Queen or Member of RHS yet?  Then let this serve as your official invitation!  Click here to join the fun!    
 


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Last month, our International Partner HATalk e-magazine told us how they are helping to organize London Hat Week  at the end of this month. There are some amazing events planned to share the joy hat making and hat wearing, including the second annual London Hat Walk.




Becky Weaver, Editor of HATalk e-magazine says, "We've already heard that lots of Red Hatters will be joining us on the second annual London Hat Walk and we are really looking forward to meeting all of them. Please spread the word so that we can fill the streets of London with hats."  Hat wearers will be gathering in Central London on Sunday, March 29th at 3:00pm to take in some of the city's famous sites while showing off their millinery finery. 


If you'd like to join in the London Hat Walk this year, go to www.londonhatwalk.com




To learn more about hats and hat making from the comfort of your own home, subscribe to the monthly e-magazine HATalk for Red Hatters at the hugely discounted RHS price of $19.95 a year.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I Love Her Already





Ambassador Marice, Queen of the Vivacious Vixens, Chatsworth, CA, USA had a sweet story to share that happened during one of the many events that she helps host.  A whole bus load of Hatters traveled to San Diego, CA, to have a day of fun at the famous Balboa Museum. 

After all the enthusiastic Hatters entered the exhibit, Marice knew that she was going to have three extra ($27) tickets that had not been claimed that day.  She made a quick decision and approached a woman with her two daughters who were in line to buy tickets and said, 

“This is your lucky day! Please accept these tickets to the exhibit as a gift and all I ask in return is that in the future, when you see Red Hat Society ladies around town, remember us fondly.”

The youngest daughter piped up brightly, “Our favorite Aunt is a Red Hatter and I love her already!” 


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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tea Cup and Saucer Playing Cards Hat

To the delight of 1,700 participants, Red Hat Society Hatquarters hosted a terrific Virtual Mad Hatters Tea Party on Facebook to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice and Wonderland.  A challenge was issued to make a hat of playing cards and this hat is the results. The creation took only a few minutes to make and was not designed to last forever.  You are encouraged to use your imagination to make it your own!

Materials:
One deck of cards
Stapler
Tape
Thin Head band
Pipe cleaner
Mesh material



 1. Create your “tea cup” by gathering a few cards together at an angle and staple the bottom.



2.  Continue stapling cards together until there are enough cards to form a small tea cup.



3.  Gather cards together in a circle to make you saucer.  Keep them together by stapling around the center. Tape the cup and saucer together to form the tea cup and saucer.


4.  Tape the headband to the bottom of the saucer.  Be sure to tape it so that the tea cup and saucer are sitting at an angle (and not directly on top) on the head.  Tape the pipe cleaner along the side of the tea cup to form the handle.



Add a little steam to your cup (with the mesh material). Then  have fun wearing your Tea Cup and Saucer Playing Cards Hat!


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

How To Be A Queen


Someone clever once said that it’s easy to be a Queen in the Red Hat Society and that’s so true. 


A Queen in the RHS is the “Head Hat” of the group and to be one, all that needs to be done is start a Chapter.  The title is lofty but responsibilities are designed to be minimal… it’s in the Queen’s Handbook, so it must be so!   Claim your own Royal Queendom by registering a Chapter, signing up a few ladies to play with you and let the fun begin! It’s that easy. 

Special event this summer:  An official Royal Queens’ Coronation will be held at the RHS International Convention, the Speedway Sparkle in Indianapolis, IN, August 13 -16, 2015.  The ceremony will be presided over by Exalted Queen Mother Sue Ellen Cooper, Founder of the Red Hat Society, Queen Lady Bug Debra Granich and Esteemed Vice Mother Linda Murphy.   New Queens are Royally invited to attend with their court.  Be a part of herstory!


We invite you to learn more about us and the role of the Queen in the Society. Join today at www.RedHatSociety.com.

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Ready to attend the greatest, most joyful event for women in the world?  Let this serve as your official invitation to join us in Indianapolis, Indiana for the 2015 International Convention.
The Speedway Sparkle!!!!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hanging Picture Frame

One of the best things about being a part of The Red Hat Society is the Sisterhood and the many Friendships that are made. Women from all over the world connect with one another in joyful gatherings, or as we so affectionately call it…playtime! This month, RHS will be focusing on connections found within the Sisterhood.  We thought that this Hanging Picture Frame would be a great way to showcase the connections that are dear to your heart. 


 
Materials:
3 unfinished wood frames in different shapes
Paint (we chose red and purple)
1 roll of ribbon
Tape measure
Scissors
Hot glue gun



1.  Paint each of your frame shapes a different color. After 2 or 3 coats of paint allow to dry for 24 hours.






2. Cut 3 pieces of ribbon the exact same size. Make sure that your ribbon is longer than the length of the frames you want to hang. Cut another piece of ribbon long enough to attach and make a bow at the top frame.  Ours is about 15 inches long.




3. Arrange the frames how you would like them to hang them.  Center and space your frames approximately 2 inches apart.  



4. Align ribbon on each side of the frame.  Cut Velcro pieces and carefully attach them to your frames and ribbon. Make sure everything is in alignment as you go. Tip: You can use your glue gun at this point to attach the Velcro if it is not self-adhesive.



5.Once your ribbon and Velcro are attached, add your own special touch by decorating your frame to fit your style. We love anything with bling!




6. After you have finished putting the final artful touches to your frame,hot glue the last piece of ribbon to the top of the frame for hanging.  Once the glue has dried cut the ribbon in half and tie into a bow.



7. Add your pictures and hang your beautiful handmade picture frames on the wall!


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Ready to attend the greatest, most joyful event for women in the world?  Let this serve as your official invitation to join us in Indianapolis, Indiana for the 2015 International Convention.
The Speedway Sparkle!!!!
         

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Web We Weave!!!


One of the truly great advantages of being a Member of the Red Hat Society is that your Membership provides a reason to connect with like-minded women all over the world.  An amazing way that we connect is through social media.  In the first days of the Society, the private QMB (Queen and Member Board) and Chat Rooms were all the rage. We could not know then that the future would bring so many other clever options to connect with one another.  All we could do is hang on to our Hats and remain open to the possibilities.  

These days, we are on our way to developing a vital Red Hat Society Community which is composed of this Red Hat Chat Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, virtual Parties and of course, we still gather on our beloved Member-Only message board; the QMB. 


Oh, and we actually do meet in person too! 


Interested in learning more about the Red Hat Society and what belonging can mean to you?   We welcome you to learn more about us.   
Join us; you’ll be glad you did.  

Ready to attend the greatest, most joyful event for women in the world?  Let this serve as your official invitation to join us in Indianapolis, Indiana for the 
2015 International Convention, The Speedway Sparkle!!!