Thursday, June 30, 2016

Patriotic Pops

Here is a cool way to celebrate Fourth of July, literally...Patriotic Ice Pops.  These easy to make, fun pops are delicious to eat and pretty to look at and they will be the hit at any Red Hat event!


INGREDIENTS: 

  • Watermelon 
  • Lemonade 
  • Blueberries

SUPPLIES:  

  • Popsicle Mold
  • small star cookie cutter 
  • Popsicle Sticks

Cut the watermelon about 1/2 inch thick slices. Then use the star cookie cutter to cut the stars. Take a popsicle stick and place it into the center of the bottom of the star, then place it into the popsicle form about half way into the mold. The star helps to hold the stick in straight. Slowly pour the lemonade into the container making sure it flows to the bottom of the popsicle form, then top off with the blueberries. Freeze and serve…so simple! 
Make them ahead of time for you 4th of July celebration…Memorial Day and Labor Day too!
Receipt from OHMY-CREATIVE.com
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE



We hold these truths to be self-evident:
That all women are created equal -

but each is blessed with different gifts and talents.
That all women are endowed with certain individual rights -
but each must assume shared responsibilities.


For the happiness of all
depends on the commitment of each
to support equality and individuality,
rights and responsibilities.


We declare all women to be mutually interdependent -
banding together to support one another,
sharing our experience, strength, and hope,
that all may enjoy life, love, 
and the pursuit of laughter.


We agree to encourage one another in tough times
and celebrate in good times.

We commit to taking turns leading and following,
inspiring and teaching,
listening and learning.


We agree to give credit where credit is due -
including us.


We commit to loving ourselves first - 
because we can't give what we don't have.


With this Declaration of Interdependence,
we set ourselves free -
free from old beliefs that are no longer true,
free from self-doubt, insecurity, and loneliness,
free from self-imposed perfectionism.


We set ourselves free -
heeding our intuition in all her guises,
loving our bodies through every change,
finding our voices to speak our own truths.


We set ourselves free -
to create fulfilling work,
to form nurturing families,
and to build great friendships.


We are strong;
we are beautiful;
we are generous;
we are wise.
We are women -
committed to creating
a world that affirms us all.


by BJ Gallagher and Lisa Hammond - Copyright © 2010 Simple Truths, LLC


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International Convention in New York, New York.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A RED HAT SOCIETY PLEDGE



I do solemnly swear on my Hat that I will do my best to uphold the spirit of the Red Hat Society.

I will greet middle age with verve, humor, and style. I will take my silliness seriously as it is the comic relief of my life.

In the Spirit of Fun, Friendship and Sisterhood, I join with my Red and Pink Hat Sisters as we go for the gusto together.

Beneath our frivolity, we share a bond of affection, common life experiences, and a genuine enthusiasm for life and living.

I promise to regularly practice having fun and to do the things I have waited to do.

I promise to openly and knowingly fraternize with the other Red and Pink Hatters.


This, I pledge to the Red Hat Society and all it’s wonderful women. 

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International Convention in New York, New York.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

50 THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER!




1. Go window-shopping with friends.
2. Go on a walk and take pictures of trees, flowers, dogs, etc.
3. Buy some fashion magazines, pick out a couple of really cute outfits, and try to recreate them for less!
4. Bead some bracelets and use them for trade in a yard sale.
5. Put some purple or red highlights in your hair.
6. Paint a picture on canvas.

7. Bake some cupcakes and deliver them to friends and family.
8. Play some childhood games like "Sorry", "Candyland", or "Pretty Pretty Princess".
9. Take your dog for a walk.
10. E-mail a friend you haven't spoken to in awhile.
11. Do 25 jumping jacks!
12. Look through old family scrapbooks, photo books, and yearbooks.
13. Make a root beer float.
14. Go to the movies with your siblings.
15. Gather up a few Hatter friends, and have a picnic in your backyard.
16. Write a poem.
17. Make fresh, homemade fruit juice.
18. Give your dog a bath.
19. Make dinner for your Chapter.
20. Have a sleepover party and watch scary movies.
21. Have a Spa Day with your Hatter friends.
22. Plan a vacation you want to take next summer.
23. Plant flowers in your yard.
24. Sign up for a class.
25. Have a bubble bath.
26. Make a mixed CD of your favorite songs and title it "The soundtrack of my life".
27. Order a pizza with extra cheese.
28. Splash around in a plastic kiddy pool.
29. Buy some crayons and a coloring book.
30. Read a book based on a movie you have seen.
31. Make a scrapbook of your baby pictures.
32. Get an internship in any field where you have a passionate interest.
33. Start a diary and write in it every day.
34. Spend the day at the library.
35. Draw a self-portrait.
36. Make a collage out of old magazines.
37. Run around in the sprinklers.
38. Go to a museum.
39. Go out for lunch with your Chaperettes and eat pie.
40. Jump in the pool with your clothes on.
41. Eat last night's leftovers for breakfast.
42. Learn to sew or knit.
43. Invite RHS friends over and have a tea party.
44. Swing on the swings at the park.
45. Tie-Dye a t-shirt with purple and red with Kool-Aid!
46. Make a crisp cool salad with everything in it.
47. Learn how to define and spell 5 new words from the dictionary.
48. Make red popsicles in your freezer.
49. Put on the radio and dance.
50. Go camping in your backyard.

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International Convention in New York!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sue's Corner

Dear Hatters,
“Coincidence: a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time, apparently by mere chance.” (Random House Dictionary of the English Language)
When we encounter coincidences in novels, we sometimes suspect the author of manipulating circumstances in the interest of his or her story line in a way that is wildly unlikely, one that is crafted purely as a literary device; maybe sometimes that’s true. But haven’t we all experienced some striking coincidences in our lives? They certainly do occur, sometimes in delightful ways.
Throughout the history of the Red Hat Society, coincidences have abounded, most of them good, so many times, just when we needed it most, something wonderful just “coincidentally” befell us. I have remained amazed at the encouragement such happenings have offered and I look forward to more of the same.
I’ve been thinking about my personal favorite “coincidence” of all time lately. It is one that I shared in The Red Hat Society: Fun and Friendship After Fifty. When I was only about four years old, I – like many children – spent much of my time in the company of an imaginary playmate. Though she appeared to be an adult, with gray hair in a bun, she was just my size. Somehow the contradiction never bothered me. I suppose that kind of thing is typical of small children. She was invariably dressed in a periwinkle dress covered with little white polka dots, and she wore a bright red straw hat on her head, decorated with shiny plastic cherries around the hatband, along with red shoes. Her name was “Mrs. Silkins.” Though I remember her clearly, I don’t remember exactly when she faded out of my life – but of course she did. She crossed my mind occasionally over the years but in no significant way – until the day I was struck by the amazing coincidence of my imaginary companion of nearly 50 years past – not long after the Red Hat Society was born. I’ve puzzled about this a lot but haven’t ever settled the issue in my mind. It was just a “coincidence”, apparently. But...several years into the life of the RHS, at one of our international conventions, we had a lunch speaker from a large British tea company. He gave an entertaining history of the tea industry, which we all found informative. I must admit, however, that my attention had begun to wander. But you can bet I suddenly came to electrified attention when he described the new material that his company was now using in their tea bags: they called it “Silkins!” If these things weren’t enough, a few months later, while browsing in an antique store, I found a red straw hat with red plastic cherries on the hatband! It now rests in a place of honor at Hatquarters. Make of it what you will...
The colors of red and purple were chosen for their supposed wild, crazy clashing. But it wasn’t long before we all realized that – not only do they not clash – they are absolutely gorgeous when paired. And looking out at a sea of those colors at a large gathering of Hatters is truly a beautiful sight. Here’s an interesting statement about these two colors I found in an old issue of “Better Homes and Gardens” magazine. Regarding the color red: “Find courage in the power of red. This color’s bold characteristics bring out the vivacious and confident side of your personality. Try it in small doses on accessories.” (Like HATS!?) And wearing purple, the color of royalty, can “draw out a more sophisticated, elegant you.” So, if you wear both together I guess you would be courageous and elegant! And aren’t we?
So what do you think – just “coincidence”? Or was the Red Hat Society just meant to be? I know what I think.

In friendship,

Sue Ellen, Exalted Queen Mother

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Getting Your Hat into Shape

I’m back this month to tell you a little more about how your hats are made. Did you know that hats have to shaped on special molds called hat blocks? Hats which are mass produced in factories are usually blocked on metal blocks while hats made by hand are normally made on wooden blocks.

When common hat making materials, like felt, straw and sinamay, are exposed to hot water or steam, the fibres in these materials become flexible and they can be stretched or ‘blocked’ over the wooden or metal hat blocks. The dampened material is stretched over the block as tightly as possible and then pinned into place. Once dry, it is removed from the block but keeps its shape. The photo below shows some straw being stretched over a block to create a hat shape.



Owen Morse-Brown, a good friend of mine from England, is a master hat block maker. He and his team carve hat blocks out of wood so that milliners, or hat makers, can make their hats exactly the right shape. Here’s one of his beautiful blocks - shaped especially to make a bowler hat.



To see more of Owen’s hat blocks, go to www.hatblocks.co.uk. To find out more about how to start making hats of your own, subscribe to HATalk e-magazine today! Red Hat Society Members get an amazing 70% off the normal subscription price. Sign up now for just $19.95 a year!

Becky Weaver – HATalk Editor



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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Find Your Tribe



If you feel lonely, or misunderstood by your current group of friends or partner, then it’s time to find your “tribe.”

Your tribe consists of like-minded people who understand you. They can be friends, business partners, your romantic partner or even Members of the Red Hat Society. They are gentle and respectful to you, and would never make fun of you. For that reason, you feel comfortable being yourself around your tribe members.

When you’re with your tribe (RHS Group), there’s no shame or embarrassment about yourself, because they support your positive healthy dreams and actions. They love you as you are, and they help you to be an even better version of your true self. There’s no need to pretend, or try to please. Your tribe enjoys being with you, especially the more that you are your authentic self.

1. Be yourself. The only way to find your tribe is to be your authentic self when you’re with other people and trust in the law of attraction. Your tribe will enjoy and love the genuine YOU, not some counterfeit version that you put on publicly. So, relax and stop trying so hard to please others or make them like you.

2. Be charitable. The social and environmental issues that are dear to you, are also dear to your tribe members. So, join a local charity dedicated to supporting this cause. You’ll meet lots of caring people, who put their principles into action.
 
3. Say hello from your heart. Once you attend these meetings and groups, have the courage to introduce yourself and talk. To turn acquaintances into friends or a romantic partner, there needs to be an energy exchange and conversation. So, speak from your heart, and be sure to give space for listening to the other person, too.
 
4. Become a joiner. You can find like-minded people at places dedicated to activities that you naturally enjoy. Doing activities that you love with other people creates a bond of shared experiences.

Life is too short to spend it with people who drain your energy, or who have little in common with you. Put your time and focus into building relationships that are mutually supportive with people you can count upon. 


(Excerpt from writings of Doreen Virtue)

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International Convention in New York, New York.