Thursday, April 30, 2015

Spring Paper Flowers

Spring is the time for everything new.  The season is in full bloom,  with all the beautiful colors and fresh floral scents.  In the spirit of Spring, Red Hat Society thought we would make a simple classic craft that is never outdated or out of style....paper tissue flowers.  They are great as a hair accessory for Cinco de Mayo or an easy colorful center piece for your Mothers Day table.  The flowers can be made with multiple colors or as a solid.  They can also be made in a variety of sizes and styles.  The flowers are a crafty inexpensive way to add color to your day or event!

Materials
Tissue paper (7"-8")
Scissors
pipe cleaners or floral wire


 1. Lay your tissue paper in the color order that you want for your flower to look.  For example: if you want your flower to be lighter on the inside and darker on the outside make sure your darker tissue is on the bottom.

2. Fold the tissue paper back and forth like an accordion (approximately 1/2 inch in length).























3. Loosely wrap the pipe cleaner or floral wire around the center of the tissue paper and secure it with a twist.




















4. Cut the ends of the tissue paper to give your flower a rounded or pointed edge.














5. Open the tissue paper on both ends and gently lift the first layer of tissue paper so that it is separated from the rest of the paper.


















 6. Continue to lift each layer until your bloom  forms.






















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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Small Moments

This mention comes straight from the hundreds of magical moments that are created at Red Hat Society International Conventions.  It’s a straightforward tale of courage and self-confidence.  Sometimes, the opportunity to display courage surprisingly shows itself in small moments.

As this particular gathering unfolded, we had several opportunities to casually see Karol, Queen Do-It-All of Washington, USA, in action.  Karol has led a healthy sized chapter consisting of a dozen or so chapterettes for years and loves to attend our annual events.  We particularly noticed her huge smile as she greeted friends who she hadn't seen since last convention.  Hugs, laughter and the much admiring of hats were shared by all whenever she was around. Our impression was that Karol smoothly maneuvers daily social interactions with grace and ease. 

The day after the convention ended, we ran into Karol and she shared with us that what we see in her was not always the case.  Karol is shy!  She confessed that although she is well established in her career, every time she had to address her peers or employees, her stomach would quake! 

That day she was particularly proud of herself. She said that she arrived alone to breakfast that morning and saw another hatter also prepared to sit alone.  She gathered her courage, walked up to the woman’s table to ask if she could join her.  A simple interaction such as this one to some women is not so simple for Karol.  But because of the magic in her hat, her RHS gained courage and self-confidence allowed both women to make a new friend and together, enjoy unique moments in time.  Karol has successful translated what she has learned as being a Queen of the RHS into skills which enhance both her career and her social life.  She should be proud!

As Karol departed to catch her plane home, she glanced over her shoulder to fix us with a focused stare.  Her firm parting comment?!

“That wouldn't have happened without the Red Hat Society!”

Memories are there for the making!


We welcome you to learn more about us.    Come to the next Red Hat Society International Convention, the Speedway Sparkle. We’d love to see you there! Join us; you’ll be glad you did.  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DIY Oil Scented Bath Salts

Mothers Day is just around the corner.  There are tons of gift ideas to celebrate our special Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, Friends and any other mother figure in our lives.  But what do you buy the lady that has everything? How about something that can not be bought?  Try this DIY Oil Scented Bath Salts that can be personalized with just the right amount of scent, color, and style that will create a unique inexpensive gift for every mother that you know.  

After a long day of Mothering, who wouldn't want to treat themselves to a nice, hot, soothing bath of aromatherapy and relaxation. 


Materials:
1 cup    Epsom Salt or Course Sea Salt
1/4 cup Baking Soda
Fragrance Oil
Food coloring


In a small bowl combine baking soda and salt. Add a few drops of food coloring and oil.



Mix together all materials, adding more food color to desired shade. For a stronger scent, add more of the fragrance oil.  Mix until all salts are covered in color.  If the mixture becomes too moist add more salt.  Allow to air dry and set, approximately 4-5 hours.  Stir again to eliminate the clumps that may have formed. 


Place you bath salts in a decorative jar.  What a wonderful, gift to pass along to the wonderful Mothers that you know.  

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Purple Alert Squad

Clever like a fox, that’s Queen Phyllis of the Red Hatcinnati Chapter.  It all started not too long ago when a special Chapterette became ill.  This Sister was the absolute spark of the Chapter!  Phyllis received a call from this Sister’s daughter asking for her help. 

She said, “Mom’s not laughing. We need a Red Hat Intervention!” 

Phyllis immediately jumped to her computer to put the word out – Purple Alert! Purple Alert! Sister Down!    And that was the first time that the Purple Alert System was activated. 
The Hatcinnaties sprung into action. They picked up dinner, gathered games to play, and descended on their dear Sister.  The Sister’s son did his part to skillfully provide a diversion as the giggling gals hid in the backyard to surprise her. This particular Sister is known for her pranks with silly string so she never expected the extent of the payback that was waiting for her in her own backyard!  They blasted her with so much silly string that she laughed for the next three hours!

Everyone in the Chapter learned the value of laughter that night and it wasn’t the last time that the Purple Alert Squad was activated.  Recently, one of their own lost her job and it became known that she was at home, sitting in her P.J.s, feeling very down in the dumps.  Quickly, the word went out and before you could blink, the Purple Alert Squad was on the move, again. 

They called after they were on their way and said that they were bringing ice cream… and lots of it!  And they told her that if she even tried to straighten her house before they got there, she wouldn’t get a bite!   Dressed in their P.J.s too, the Purple Alert Squad arrived with pints and pints of ice cream, all in different flavors! They congregated in her living room, spoons in hand, took two bites and passed the pint on until there was none.   By the end of the evening, everyone had a good laugh and although their blood sugar might have been a little high, they felt immensely better.


Laughter warms the heart! Interested in learning more about the Red Hat Society and what belonging can mean to you?   We welcome you to learn more about us.   Come to the next RHS International Convention, the Speedway Sparkle. We’d love to see you there! Join us; you’ll be glad you did.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Magnetic Note holder

A "To Do" list, a picture, a note for a loved one, a note to ourselves, something motivational or a warm and fuzzy feeling about home....every house hold has one or two or more....

 A refrigerator colorfully decorated with  magnets of all kinds, to hold our little reminders and memories.  We have crafted  a clothes pin into a magnetic clip. The magnetic clip can be decorated in any color to flow with the color scheme in your kitchen and add  a little sparkle to your artful collection on your refrigerator door. 

Materials:
Extra large clothing pin
Glue
Magnetic strips
scissors
rhinestones or glitter
 


Glue two strips of magnetic tape on the back of the clothes pin. This will secure the weight of the pin and make sure that it does not slide once it is placed on the refrigerator.  Allow the magnetic strips to dry for 24 hours.
 


Glue rhinestones to the top and allow to dry.



Beautiful and practical!




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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Eyes tell the Story

Red Hat Society Members out and about town in their bright colors, often cause a stir.  If they aren't taking pictures of each other, they are being asked by a curious public to have their picture taken!  The Society’s Red Snappers and Digital Dames love making us look our Royal best in every picture.  Whether taking the picture or being in it, here are some helpful hints to give your pictures punch!

Have some fun!
The best photographs usually aren't those where everyone is standing posed for the camera.  Let’s see some action.  Show those smiles, the hugs, the silly poses: just be yourself!
 
Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes.
Our eyes tell the story.  Make sure that everyone’s eyes are visible.

Light it up.
Take the pictures in good lighting; sunshine is usually the best, but warm indoor lighting works, too.  Keep the brightest light behind the camera.

Include a Focal Point.
Group photos really make an impact and so do ones with a focal point.  A focal point such as a sign, a skyline or menu shows the viewer where you are, what you were doing and will be recognizable even years into the future.  

Videos
If you like to do videos, much of the same advice applies.
  • If you miss the eyes, you will miss the story. 
  • Remember to have the light at your back. 
  • Use your video camera like a still camera – don’t wander; just point, shoot and stop! Then repeat. 
  • The best advice is to keep your video short.  If it’s three minutes or more, cut it by two-thirds.

Last but not least, don’t forget to occasionally step out from behind the camera and get in the picture, too!

The Red Hat Society welcomes you to learn more about us.    Come to the next RHS International Convention, the Speedway Sparkle. We’d love to see you there! Bring your camera. Make a few memories.  Join us; you’ll be glad you did.  


Friday, April 10, 2015

No Growling, Screaming or Running

If Goldilocks had been born in the 21th Century, one of our favorite childhood stories may have had a completely different ending!  A modern Goldilocks would have been friends on the Bear family’s Facebook page and most likely would have one day received a friendly private message from Mrs. Bear inviting her to her home for breakfast.  We imagine that Mrs. Bear’s message would have read something like, “Oh Goldie, we might not be there when you arrive so I’ll leave the door open and you are welcome to make yourself at home!”   In our time, with one simple post, all the growling, screaming and running would be completely written out of the story!!

In all seriousness, (or as serious as we get at the Red Hat Society), we’d like to point out that the way Hatters communicate has dramatically changed since Red Hat Society’s inception and most of us didn't even see it coming.  We love it!  What would we do without the miracle of email, the internet and social media?  

After happily playing all day in a RHS Virtual Mad Hatters Tea Party, one of our Members expressed it best,

“And I fought using Facebook!”


Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Red Hat Chat blog, Pinterest; no matter what the future brings, Hatters are ready.  Communicate and connect – It’s what we do.  We welcome you to learn more about us.    Come to the next RHS International Convention, the Speedway Sparkle. We’d love to see you there! Join us; you’ll be glad you did.  


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Bling Bottle Vase


Creating a special touch and adding a little sparkle to something simple, is the Red Hat way!  Our hatters from all over the world always find creative ways in making the ordinary, extraordinary!  Such as this crafty and beautiful Bling Bottle Vase that was made by Platinum Princess of Panache, Queen of Southern Roots, in Fullerton, CA.  The vase is a fun way to decorate a table, use as d├ęcor for an event or as a vase for a flower.  It is very inexpensive and easy to make and can be done with a variety of different size bottles and colors.  Use your imagination and let the fun begin!

Materials:
Scissors
Wine or soda bottle (you can use glass, but for outdoor use a plastic bottle is best to avoid having broken glass)
Strip of rhinestones
Glue



Measure the bottle with the strip of rhinestone to be sure to have just enough to wrap around the bottle. Cut additional pieces the same length of the piece that was measured to use as you began to work your way up the bottle.



Add a small amount of glue to the bottle.  Working from the bottom up, line the rhinestones around the bottle.  Layer the strips until the bottle is covered.



Add a strip of rhinestone around the bottle cap.



Add you favorite flower or feather to the vase!  


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