Tuesday, February 21, 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 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:  

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 Janet'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 http://slasewcraftiness.blogspot.com/.

So today I have a mask for you!


Papers are from my scraps
Chic & Scary Cricut cartridge
Lindy Stamp Gang-Glitz Spritz in Cactus Gold, Starburst Sprays in Witch's Potion Purple, Wake Me Up Before You Go Gold and Freaky Franken-Lime
Trim and flowers are from my stash
Small flower is a punch from Fiskars

Hope enjoyed my float in the parade. 

To continue on the parade route, Your next stop is Lisa's Blog. 

I would love for you to throw me your comments as to my tribute to Mardi Gras!


Liz said...

I Love this Ash, I love masks and love how this turned out!!! Gorgeous


lorby said...

Another beautiful mask. You did a terrific job on the mask. TFS Jearise

Lynne said...

I really love your mask -- looks like it is trimmed in lace --- I'm loving all these masks as I had started painting ceramic masks as I would love to do my bedroom in mardi gras -- have my mask quilt started and may be taking all these beautiful masks to add to my decor and ambition to finish my quilt!!! Thanks sew much for being part of this hop and as always a pleasure hopping with you!!!
Hugs, Love, and Pixie Dust!
Her Craftiness

Doris P. said...

pretty mask! love your commentary!! parkernana4@aol.com

Katie said...

fun mask...love the lacy trim...Hop'n Hugs KtsAngels

Laura said...

Wow we really could have a mardi gras party with all the great masks you gals have done.. very pretty...

Cathie w said...

so so sos cute love all these colors



Gloria said...

really cute Ashley!
gloria c

Edwina said...

Ashley, I love the cat-eye mask. I can image someone dress as a cat. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

Judy said...

Great mask for your Mardi Gras celebration!! Happy Fat Tuesday!! TFS...
jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

Imogene said...

Cute mask!! I love it!!!
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!!

Janet said...

Very pretty mask Love the lace arounfd the edge and the little flowers intbe corners.
Big Blog hugs, Janet

mommahobbit said...

Very nice mask! Thank you for sharing :)

Miranda said...

Great job on your Mardi Gras mask! Happy Mardi Gras!
Miranda :)

Dena said...

Such a pretty, sexy mask! LOL! Love the trim on it and the splash of color! Great being in another hop with you!

Dena Jones

Rachelle said...

Your mask is pretty! I agree and sexy Lol..you did an amazing job!
joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

marg0006 said...

Great looking mask.


callyannc said...

ooo i love the colors! tfs callyann

Homespun Elegance said...

Ashley this is So cute!! Love it!


Jess @ www.homespunelegance.blogspot.com

4theloveofGod said...

Simple and plainly gorgeous!!!