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 reprsents 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: 

$15 Gift Card for Treasure Box Designs ( They are asking you to stop by their blog and checking out their Guest Designer projects and leaving a comment at They are a part of the parade route!

$50 Gift card from Anita Meadows Cannon 

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 Theresa'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 along with Kimberly, at

The mask was cut from the Designer Calendar's cartridge on black cardstock. I embossed the handle with Stampin' Up's Melon Mambo. If you have been a follower for awhile, you know I despise glitter. Well, for Miss Lynne I sucked it up used purple glitter on my mask.I added Stampin' Up adhesive pearls to embellish it. I had no feathers so I had to improvise. I used mulberry paper and liquid glue for decoupage and outlined in glitter glue. I added ribbon from my stash and wrapped it around. How fun is this!

Hope enjoyed my float in the parade. To continue on the parade route, Your next stop is Laura's blog. I would love for you to throw me your comments as to my tribute to Mardi Gras! Until next time....


  1. Great mask. Love it :). Nice being in the hop with you.

  2. Most definitely fun!!! I just may have to confiscate all these masks as a dream of mine is to create a Mardi Gras feeling in the bedroom. I did start my quilt and painted some masks and this will just complete my ensemble and give me the incentive to finish!!!!! Thanks sew much for being part of this hop and as always a pleasure hopping with you fellow Purplie!!!
    Hugs, Love, and Pixie Dust!
    Her Craftiness

  3. Love your mask...glad you used the glitter...its a nice touch...thanks for sharing...Hop'n Hugs KtsAngels

  4. Susan.... love your mask.... soo pretty..

  5. For someone who doesn't like glitter, you did a great job! Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

  6. Really great job on this mask ... love it!! Happy Fat Tuesday!!
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

  7. Very cute mask!!!
    I love Mardi Gras,,I went 3 years in a row to LA in New Orleans,,didnt get to go this year!!!
    am already a follower!!

  8. Very nice. I like the design and the way you decorated it. TFS. Jearise

  9. Great mask I saw that cut on the calendar cart never thought to make it larger. g. I especially like the wand!
    Big Blog Hugs, Janet

  10. very very fun! I agree about " glitter" but I too will use it if absolutely necessary. LOL thanx for shaing :)

  11. Great Job! TFS
    Miranda :)

  12. Hi, Sue! I like how you improvised on the feathers. Great project. TFS!


  13. I love your Mask Sue
    so pretty!
    joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

  14. What a cute mask. I like that it has is on holder.

  15. Perfect! I was wondering where to find a mask now I know! TFS CallyAnn


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