I got a few questions over the last few posts that I thought I would just answer here on my blog. The first one was how I got into the Royal Order of the Royal Pip Chicks. That was easy. My mom opened our chapter when she turned 50. We had her “Reduation” for our first meeting at a local tea house. That’s our first gathering up there in the picture. She is our Queen Mother, as the group leaders are called. Everyone gets to pick their “Royal” titles. Mine is the Baroness of Bargains. My mom’s is Queen Debbee. My friend Janet is the Diva of Deals. Our friend Rose is Lady Rosebudd. One of the gals has been to Hawaii and loved it. Her name is Lady Leilani. We have a member named Donna who chose Lady PrimaDonna. It’s really up to you. The only REAL rules are that you have to be 50 to wear Red and Purple to meetings, and that there is only one QUEEN in a chapter. My mom registered our group with the The Official Red Hat Society Headquarters. It’s just a great group of ladies who are willing to be silly and have fun together. We’ve had a Barbie Bashing Picnic. Last meeting we went to a Sushi Restaurant. It’s been such fun. Our group mascot is a Chicken, all decked out in red and purple. Our “theme” song is the Chicken Dance, which Lady Rosebudd insists we do each meeting no matter WHERE we are…. LOL I think that the web site I linked to above has lists of groups that are registered all over the country. If you are interested in joining a group near you, go to the site and see what there is! Really, every group is different, but the object and original intent of The Red Hat Society is to have fun and be with friends. How each group does it, is up to them.
The other question was what I used to make the background and puzzle pieces for my art piece. The background is a hard canvas. I printed out the picture of my sister onto regular paper, then I painted a puzzle that our family had put together as a family, white. I glued the picture of my sister onto the puzzle. Then I took a toothpick, and rubbed the picture down into the cracks of the puzzle so that you could see the lines from the puzzle through the picture. Once it was dry, I cut the edges of the picture with an exacto knife. Next, I painted over the rest of the pieces with different shades of tan. I also left some of them white. I glued a pile of pieces to the canvas in the shape of a heart. That is about three inches high off of the canvas. I painted the background with very watery brown paint, and used thicker brown paint to shade the edges. I painted the heart red. I wrote words onto the leftover puzzle pieces. Words that describe Melea, and things we did together as kids. Words of things she means to me. That describe her journey to this place in her life. Then I chalked the edges of the puzzle pieces, and glued them to the canvas. I used a black ZIG pen, and a white Gel pen on the pieces.