Monday, February 20, 2012

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 here from Katie 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 along with our marvelous co-hostess, Kimberly, at

For today I made some tags.  I used Treasure Box Mardi Gras Kids file.  I just used the mask and hat patterns.  I made some mini bead necklaces, and I cut butterfly stickers in half for the feathers. 
 I cut butterfly stickers in half so they could be the feathers. 
Hope enjoyed my float in the parade. To continue on the parade route, Your next stop is Susan
I would love for you to throw me your comments as to my tribute to Mardi Gras!

Thanks so much for stopping by,


  1. Love these. Wow and you made your own mini beads! TFS Jearise

  2. I just love these tags. Love the trim. Nice being in the hop with you.

  3. What an ingenious project!!! You know I'm loving those masks and then making your own feathers!!! Truly 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

  4. Love your tags...Hop'n Hugs...KtsAngels

  5. Wow the tags are amazing.. love them..

  6. Your tags are very pretty! Love the idea of using sticker butterfly wings as the feathers. It looks really good. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

  7. Wow - you did an absolutely beautiful job on the tags! Great detail ... Happy Fat Tuesday!!
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

  8. Awesome..I love your tags!!!
    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!!

  9. Very sweet tags. Love the butterfly wings and the tiny beads Great touch.
    Big Blog Hugs, Janet

  10. Cool tags! I love them! Thnk you for sharing :)

  11. Love your tags!
    Miranda :)

  12. What fun tags! Love the trim and the embellies! TFS!


  13. Wow I love your tags!
    Great job!!
    joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

  14. I adore the tags. So colorful and sweet. great Job. looks like you were having fun.