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Mystery Challenge: Queen of Hearts

I remember sitting at a table wrapped in shiny checkered plastic at a little diner inside of a thrift store in Tucson, Arizona once.  I was eating my brisket sandwich and enjoying the people watching.  A few tables down was a group of very exuberantly dressed women.  They were draped in purple gowns and bedecked with red hats, gloves, and boas.  They were laughing and carrying on and one woman in particular stood out.  She would throw her head back and howl with delight and she kept shouting, "Baby, I'm the Queen!  I'm the Queen of Hearts!"  She said it with so much conviction and gusto, that if there ever were a formal position as Queen of Hearts, she mostly certainly would have at least been in the running!  I wasn't familiar with the Red Hat Society then, but I have since learned that it is a group dedicated to friendship and women empowerment and I like that message.

Now, whenever I think of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, I can't help but picture that woman playfully slapping the table and herself in turn.  The two characters couldn't be more different; Carroll's Queen of Hearts being quick to anger and seen as the antagonist of the story and the thrift store diner's Queen of Hearts was quick to laugh and relish camaraderie.  I'd like to think that they are two sides to the same coin... two sides to living life with great passion.

That was the starting off point for this month's Mystery Challenge.  I wanted to capture that flavor and since the reveal fell in February and Valentine's Day was also in February, I thought that everything tied in nicely.  

So... here's the deal:  Participants of the challenge will purchase a kit.  No one knows what's in it except for us.  We'll send them out and folks will get a SURPRISE when they open the box!  Don't worry, it'll be a good one!  Mystery Challengers will have a few weeks to make something with the kit.  They can use as much or as little of the kit as they like and supplement the kit with beads from their own stash if they so desire.  And then... on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 we'll share all the creations in our Facebook group.  This will be the first Design Challenge of the new year!  CLICK HERE to visit our Facebook group just for our design challenges.

Now, here's the fine print:  There are only 20 Design Kits available!  Once we receive your order, we will process your kit and send it out within ten business days.  Usually it's faster than that, but we like to make sure that there is plenty of time to make the kits perfect.  HURRY!  Supplies are limited and are on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis!  (Sorry, no exceptions!)

I also wanted to mention that all the Design Kits will be shipped with Priority mail.  This can take anywhere from one business day to ten.  For international orders, it may take longer!  If you know it takes a long time to reach your destination (from Southwestern Pennsylvania) please place your orders early! I will do my best to get your kit out as early as possible, but unfortunately I can't be held responsible if it arrives late due to the postal service.

All sales of the Design Kits are final and there are no returns or exchanges.

CLICK HERE to go directly to our online store to get your very own Queen of Hearts kit!