Friday, July 9, 2010

The Happy Accident Hat Contest

Last week while seeking bargains at the government surplus store, I found a box of 100 envelopes. They were a weird looking size, but, hey, weird works for me. And the price was right, 10 cents. So I bought a box.

Mistake! Turns out they weren't envelopes at all. Instead, they were paper hats, the kind worn by food service industry workers in some erstwhile era. I set them aside. Notice I did not say I threw them away. I set them aside. They were, after all, paper. A day or two went by and every time my eye would light on them I'd think, "Mistake!"

But, then one day I remembered the Bob Ross quote, "We don't make mistakes, we have happy accidents." That made me smile and I began thinking.

TA DA! The Happy Accident Hat Contest was born.

1. Your hat must be decorated with a Letter/Mail Art/Postal related theme.
2. A picture of your hat must be submitted to me and I'll upload it into a gallery set up for that purpose. You may model the hat. You may traumatize your children, grandchildren, and/or pets by forcing them to model the hat. Or you can save yourself the hassle and use a stuffed toy as I did.
3. Only one entry per person is allowed.
4. Prizes (TBA) will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries, plus a People's Choice Award.
5. To enter, leave a comment below expressing your interest. Then email your mailing address to me at
6. Most important rule: HAVE FUN and Just Letter Rip.

***Note: You don't have to be a follower or spread the word about the contest, but both, or either, would be greatly appreciated. If you do blog about it, or post to facebook, or tweet, or whatever, please send me a link.


  1. Hey Patty! Thanks for touching base with the comment on my blog. I have really enjoyed the tractor envelopes! As for the postcard, I don't think the one you were talking about was from me... I sure don't remember sending that particular postcard to you. Sounds like you have a new pen pal from my neck of the woods! :)

  2. "You may traumatize your children..." Hahahaha! I'm definitely in!

  3. I dont make things so I will let the other folks have at this . good luck everyone who enters though .

  4. Oh my heavens. this is delightful. I will email you my address. I look forward to artfully abusing my children with this project... or maybe my postal workers...

  5. I like Bob Ross, too! :)

    Sue C

  6. Oh, I love this and will email my address right away! I hope I'm not too late to get one for the contest!

  7. What a fabulous idea. Of course I'm in! I think you already have my mailing address, but I will email you anyway.

    PS I'll pop your button on my blog as well. :-)

  8. Patty, are you still accepting entries for this contest?
    I'm a newbie on collageUNLEASHED but would enjoy this challenge.
    I will email you my address.

    Sue L
    Surrey, BC, Canada

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  10. hello!

    i am posting your link in my blog.

    nice contest! i hope i can still join ;)