Tuesday, October 27, 2015

AN ANGEL NAMED “GRATITUDE”

"Every woman eventually reaches the age when she doesn’t want any more birthdays, but still wants the presents."


I don't know who said that, but I can't help but agree with it. But, there are indeed worse things than having birthdays, and one of them is having a birthday and having all your family and friends forget it. (Fortunately, that hasn't happened to me yet.) My recent birthday was well-remembered by most of my friends and family. So, in spite of my advancing age, I feel greatly blessed.

And I did get presents, all greatly appreciated. One in particular touched me in a unique way. She is a nine-inch tall resin angel named "Gratitude." Emblazoned down the front of her dress are what appear to be randomly pasted words. But, when read all together, they comprise this message: "May we always be connected in our journeys. And may you always know how deeply you are loved, how your heart is never alone." This lovely inscription encourages me every time I look at the little figure.

But I also love her for another reason: the words in her message look like they have been cut out of magazines, somewhat randomly perhaps, and assembled. They remind me of my new love of making collages - the joy I have found in mixing fragments from here and there (magazines, my own old drawings and paintings, old books, etc.) with acrylic paint, ink, watercolor, and anything else that occurs to me. And, mixed in with all of these things, I like to glue words, sometimes in a stream of consciousness way. When I've finished some collages, even I don't know what they're "about." I just know how much I enjoyed making them.

Red Hatters love to talk about finding freedom and fulfillment, whether that involves a return to bringing old dreams to life or cultivating new enthusiasms. In making collages, I have found renewed excitement in making art and freedom, in liberating myself from the idea that every image I create has to look a certain way. The inner feeling that this has led to can only be described as fulfillment.


No, this angel isn't wearing purple and red. But, she still serves as an ever-present reminder of the beauty of Red Hat Society values. Because Diana, the person who gave her to me, is a Red Hatter! She was certainly unaware of all that this figure would symbolize to me, but this kind of thing happens among Red Hatters all the time. We call such lovely surprises "Scarlet Sparkles."
Excerpt from 08/10/2012 Friday Broadcast Introduction by Sue Ellen Cooper.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Monster Mash -RHS Tissue Monster

Ladies get ready for the Red Hat Society's Virtual Monster Mash being held October 29th for a MONSTER of a good time. Please get you little monsters ready. If you don't have one, stuffed, baked, sewn or otherwise, here is a quick and easy craft.  With a little creativity, you can conjurer up, your own personal monster to bring to the party!


MATERIALS:
Tissue paper
construction paper
Pipe cleaner
Scissors 
Glue gun


1.  Fold 10 -15 sheets of paper back and forth like and accordion.  Once completed, wrap the pipe cleaner around the center, to secure a foundation for the body of your little monster.  Clip the ends in the shape that you want your monster to be in.  I chose a pointed tip monster, however, it can be round or squared.  


2.  Very carefully, pill the layers apart, one sheet at a time, to create a full body.

3. With the construction paper, cut out eyes, nose lips and any other body part or added accessories that you want to make.  I chose to make eyes with eyelids, teeth and lips.



4. Hot glue your face together and eeeekkkk!  My girl is ready for the Virtual Monster Mash at the Red Hat Society!  


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Thursday, October 15, 2015

My Vitamin F

A Friend shared this article with me and I want to share it with you. 

Why do I have a variety of friends who are all different in character?
Some of them can be considered marginal even.

How do I get on with them all?

I think that each one helps to bring out a "different" part of me...
With one of them I am polite
I joke with another friend
I sit down and talk about serious matters with one of them
With another I giggle at every silly thing
I have my wine with one
And dance with another
I listen to one friend's problems and give them advice
Then I listen to another advising me

They are all like pieces of a jigsaw,
When completed they form a treasure box
A treasure of friends!
They are my friends, who understand me better than myself
who support me through good days and bad days.

Real Age doctors tell us that friends are good for our health.
Dr. Oz calls them Vitamins F (from Friends) and counts the benefits of friends to our well being.

Research shows that people in strong social circles have less risk of depression and terminal strokes. If you take Vitamin F constantly you can be up to 30 years younger than your real age. The warmth of friendship stops stress and even in your tense moments, it decreases the chance of a cardiac arrest or stroke by 50 %.

I am so happy that I have a stock of Vitamins F!

In summary, we should value our friends and keep in touch with them.
We should try to see the funny side of things and laugh together, not forgetting
to open our mouths big to swallow the floating vitamins F!


Thank you for being one of my vitamins!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

RHS Halloween Monster Mash




They're in the closet... They're under your bed… Creepy crawlers both purple and red! This October, they'll make a dash for the RHS Halloween Monster Mash!

Join The Red Hat Society for our first ever VIRTUAL Monster Mash! Everyone is invited. RHS hopes that this is a great way for women around the world to see how we play and the fun that can be had in the RHS.

And...we'll host the very first VIRTUAL Ghoulish Monster Adoption Ceremony hosted by the Hatquarters of the Red Hat Society!

What's a Monster Adoption all about?

This is a special adoption ceremony where all attendees will exchange the monsters they make or find for a fellow Sister's monster. All the creatures submitted will be placed in Monster Daycare where they can be viewed by Monster Mash attendees until the ceremony takes place.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

RHS MONSTER BOOKMARK

They're in the closet... They're under your bed… Creepy crawlers both purple and red! This October, they'll make a dash for the RHS Virtual Halloween Monster Mash!

To start things off, and get you hatters in the ghoulish mood, we decided to create a MONSTER bookmark.  A cute and crafty idea for all you one eyed, one horn, flying purple people eaters that like to read a scary book every now and then.

It is simple, easy and fun to make!


Materials:  
Paper - 3 or 4 different colors
Scissors
Ruler
Glue




1. Draw three squares 2 1/2" - 3" each, to form an "L" shape.  Draw a diagonal line through the two squares on the end.  Cut the lines so that there is a square and two triangles on the sides. 
  
3. With a different color paper cut a square and glue it on the inside of the bookmark.  Fold the outside triangles in so that the whole bookmark becomes a square. Glue the last flap together and add another colored triangle to the top. 
4.  Draw and cut out monster teeth.  Glue, to the inside of the mouth, add eyes and a touch of bling!
 
5.  RHS Monster bookmark is ready to be used.



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