Monday, November 12, 2012

Red Hatters Create Red Bra Hats

Saturday, November 10, 2012, New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society was hosted by their Queen for a red bra hat making event in her home in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Eight members and two guests began the project after viewing  Queen Ladybird's (aka Carla) finished hat. First, we measured the bra by fitting it to the owners head. Carla then took it to her sewing machine, removed the hooks and eyes and made a sturdy stitch in the back. The straps were cut off and they were ready to build the pipe cleaner base for weaving in the red boa.

Making the pipe cleaner base was challenging because you have to use a hot glue gun to put it together and there were a few oohs and ouches as we progressed. The really fun part of the creation comes when the base is done because the imagination is allowed to run rampant in decorating the cup parts of the bra as you will see by the photos that follow.

We also enjoyed sack lunches and Double Layer Pumpkin Pie and/or Southern Peach Cobbler provided by Queen Ladybrid. We took a short break at one point to celebrate Marian's birthday. We had such a great time and were so pleased by the final result that we decided to make our next event on December 8, 2012 a shopping trip on New York Avenue downtown and then to Stella Vita Restaurant for our Christmas luncheon wearing these fabulous hats with our purple regalia.

Esperanza had at work and Rosa trying her red bra on for size
F Row: Sylvia and Christy  B Row: Esperanza and Rosa

Darla being advised by Carla while Margie looks on and Penny intensely concentrating
Monica looking on while Marian begins the base for the boa

More instructions coming forth
Darla working with the hot glue gun, Carla assisting Dame Dorothy who decided on a different bra
They are really getting into the decorating now
Carla at right showing her finished hat
Margie (Countess of Karr Canyon) on left threading her boa through the pipe cleaner base
Front R to L: Queen Ladybird, Dorothy and Sylvia (guest). Back L to R: Margie, Christy (guest), VQ Penny (Duchess of High Rolls), Rosa, Esperanza, Monica, Darla (our newest member) and Marian.  Are we the cat's meow or what??
Mistress Marian birthday celebration

Showing off her birthday card
Duchess of Cottonwood (Monica) modeling her lovely hat
Esperanza with that certain flair
Darla promises to turn that orange into purple next time
Christy and Rosa aka Lady Rosamar deciding how they look in the mirror
Esperanza and Rosa looking like bra hat bookends
 It was indeed a fun event and we enjoyed the opportunity to become better acquainted as we worked.

 Thanks to Doug for the great pictures.

 This is all I have to say for now.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Two Red Hat Chapters Enjoy Halloween Costume Party

On Friday, October 26, 2012, members of the Tulie Roses Chapter and New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society gathered at the Lazy D & R Restaurant in Tularosa, New Mexico for a roast beef dinner and Halloween Costume Party including husbands.

There was a Centerpiece Contest as well as a Halloween Costume Contest judged by Restaurant Manager, Lily and her helpers. First place in the Centerpiece Contest went to Mabel, 2nd place to Carla and 3rd place to Mary. Winners of the Costume Contest were 1st place Helen, 2nd place Penny and 3rd place Margie.

There were door prizes and a gift basket drawing also adding more interest to the occasion.

Carla aka Queen Ladybird and Queen Mabel
Carla, the Flapper
Dame Dorothy (oldest graduate in Otero County) and Carla
Getting acquainted with the "Chicken Lady" and her husband
Better shot of Chicken Lady, her husband and Carla
Carla, Mary and Queen Mabel
Here's the Graduate again looking spiffy!
Vice Queen Penny aka Duchess of High Rolls as Queen of Hearts with her centerpiece entry
Can't you tell Penny just loves being Queen of Hearts?
Two Tulie Roses with Queen Mabel
Lady in red is another Mary with Queen Mabel
Penny "Queen of Hearts", Margie "Zorro" and Queen Mabel introducing NM Roadrunner Chapter
Group shot
More Tulie Roses and their husbands
Pumpkin, Scary Creature won first place, and another Tulie Rose
New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter being welcomed by Tulie Roses
Lovely Red Hat dessert being cut and served by Lily, restaurant manager
First place went to Scary monster in middle, second place to Queen of Hearts and third to Zorro.
First place winner's skull actually spurted blood!!
Second place centerpiece winner by Queen Ladybird
Third place centerpiece winner Mary on left
It was unclear at time of posting this exactly who created the first place centerpiece, but it was large, quite Halloweenie and  artistically arranged. Although many could not make it for various reasons, those of us in attendance had a grand time and we hope to make this even bigger and better next year with New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter reciprocating.

Thanks, Doug, for the great photos.

This is all I have to say for now.