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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It's Mardi Gras Blog Hop

Welcome to our Mardi Gras parade. I must warn you though while you may enjoy jumping up to catch beads, doubloons, cups, stuffed animals--whatever! Please yell at the float riders "Throw me something, Mister!" Bring a large, sturdy plastic or cloth bag to hold all the treasure you'll be catching - if you try to put all of your beads around your neck, you'll have a hard time standing up straight! Be prepared: some people get so overcome with excitement they will occasionally jump in front of you to grab what a rider has thrown to you. Don't get into a tug-o-war....there are many more floats on the way! If you're from far away, some visitors hold up a sign saying where they are from.. our local riders love to see people from far away have a good time and will throw to them to make sure they do!

The colors of Mardi Gras are: Purple which represents justice; Green which represents faith; and Gold which represents power.Mardi Gras is always held the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is music, parades, picnics, floats, excitement ... and one big holiday in New Orleans! Everyone is wearing purple, green, and gold; and adorned with long beads caught from the beautiful floats. They sit on the ground throwing balls, playing music, having a picnic, and watching the crowds walk by between parades.

Instead of beads, coconuts (which apparently is the most prized throw from floats) and other baubles, we have a great sponsor:

Sew, sit back with your beverage of choice, just keep in mind the police will be in full force watching for drunken lewdness as this is a family event! Feel free to watch in costume, as this is a festive hop!! If you have arrived from Haidee's Blog on the parade route, then you are sitting at the best seat in the house! If you have just happened to be visiting me today, don't get me wrong as I always love visitors, I would love for you to start at the beginning of our parade route at Lynne, your hostess, at http://slasewcraftiness.blogspot.com/ along with our marvelous co-hostess, Kimberly, at http://scrappingrookie.blogspot.com/.

 What is a party without some fun decorations. I created a centerpiece  along with a handheld mask

The box was cut from "Sweet Treat Boxes" at fit to page in purple Recollections card stock The Harlequin paper is from a digi file I purchased from  Scrap Girls and printed with my printer as are the crown Fleur-de -Lis and the coins. The picture I found on the Internet don't recall where. but love it!
For the mask I used "Chick and Scary" to cut it out on some Recollection specialty paper trimmed with emerald colored bling, Feathers and some paper flowers from Michael's dollar bins, added some golds,. green and purple ribbon from my stash. Hope you enjoy my project I had fun making it except for the Hot Glue gun part I'm all thumbs when it comes to glue guns!
Hope enjoyed my float in the parade. To continue on the parade route, Your next stop is Ashley . I would love for you to throw me your comments as to my tribute to Mardi Gras!

Here is a complete list of the participants just in case you loose your way!
  1. Lynne - http://slasewcraftiness.blogspot.com/
  2. Edwina ~ http://edwinascreations.blogspot.com/
  3. Rachelle-http://creationsbyrachelle.blogspot.com/
  4. Kimberly Pate ~ http://scrappingrookie.blogspot.com/
  5. Inga Klaus ~ http://mommahobbit.blogspot.com/
  6. Kari - http://purplefuntastickcreations.blogspot.com/
  7. Dena - http://missdjones.blogspot.com/
  8. Gill - http://creationsbygillm.blogspot.com/
  9. Haidee-http://created2bunique.blogspot.com/
  10. Janet S - http://www.ladyluvbug.blogspot.com/
  11. Ashley - http://theglamoroussideofscrapping.blogspot.com/
  12. Lisa Woodward ~ http://mycraftyspaces.blogspot.com/
  13. Rhonda - http://craftingwithblue.blogspot.com/
  14. Anita` http://www.anitaandbugs.blogspot.com/
  15. Katie ~ http://www.ktsangels.blogspot.com/
  16. Theresa - http://scrappinginheels.blogspot.com/
  17. Susan - http://susanascorner.blogspot.com/
  18. Laura- www.lauraleesdream.blogspot.com/
  19. Jearise - http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com/
  20. Angela-http://creativecraftin.blogspot.com
Thanks for stopping by!
Big Blog Hugs, Janet


Ashley Nicole said...

Love this centerpiece. You did a fabulous job on it. Love the image. Nice being in the hop with you.

Her Craftiness (Lynne) said...

I am loving this centerpiece - sew much creativity --- the mask is phenomenal!!!! Thanks sew much for being part of this hop and as always a pleasure hopping with you!!!
Hugs, Love, and Pixie Dust!
Her Craftiness

Dena said...

This is just GORGEOUS! I LOVE IT! TFS!

Dena Jones

Katie said...

wow what a fun centerpiece...Hop'n Hugs KtsAngels

Laura said...

This is AMAZING!!! what a great idea...

Cathie w said...

so so sos cute love all these colors



Edwina said...

Your table decoration is very pretty! I love your mask and the image of the lady. She is very pretty. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

Judy said...

Oh, your mask and centerpiece are great for the Mardi Gras!! Happy Fat Tuesday!!
jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

Imogene said...

Beautiful!! I love your center piece,,
I love Mardi Gras,,I went 3 years in a row to LA in New Orleans,,didnt get to go this year!!!
am a new follower!!

lorby said...

I love it and will take it off your hands if you don't know what to do with it. : ) TFS Jearise

mommahobbit said...

Oh my gosh that is beautiful ! Thank you for sharing :)

Miranda said...

Awesome center piece. The mask is beautiful!
Miranda :)

Gill McCall said...

what an amazing centre piece you created. thanks for sharing

Rachelle said...

I love it Janet, you did an amazing job with your mask and box.
joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

marg0006 said...

All the colors and the gorgous mask really turned out just great. The picure is so pretty.


callyannc said...

this is awesome! i love it! tfs callyann

4theloveofGod said...

WOW!!! is all I can say... it is sooo WOW...beautiful, elegant, tastefully done. Awesome job.