If you aren't familiar with Mardi Gras, it is called Carnival in other countries...it's a time of parties and fun from the Twelfth Day of Christmas until the season of Lent. The grandest parade in New Orleans is Rex, which is on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday--the beginning of Lent. The floats are elaborate and they throw beads and doubloons and all kinds of fun trinkets. The Mardi Gras colors are Green, Gold, and Purple--for Faith, Power, and Justice.
In that spirit, I have a Mardi Gras tree!!! I have stitched a few ornaments, getting the patterns from a freebie search online. There are several more I'd like to add! I used many strings of beads--some are new and some are vintage, from the days of my childhood! At the top of the tree is a parasol, which was a favor at a convention we attended at some point. Parasols are carried and twirled in jazz funerals, and at events throughout New Orleans. There are also several masks--some with feathers, and ornaments with the fleur de lis.
This ornament is the comedy/tragedy masks and has a beaded bottom made from vintage Mardi Gras beads. The pattern came from here and is by BD Coture.
You see the fleur de lis all over New Orleans, all the time, because of the French influence. Even the Saints football team has one for their logo! I stitched this one in Mardi Gras colors. I found it here and it's by Penelopis. I had a fleur de lis charm I put on the top left side, over a black tassel. I was able to find many cute Mardi Gras fabrics in stores locally.
This freebie, located here, is "Let the Good Times Roll" in French--a common saying during this time of year! Again, I used some really cute Mardi Gras fabric, and I added a black bead edge (more vintage beads), feathers, and a button with a crown charm. Those feathers came from my mother--her friend has a blue front Amazon parrot named Joe!! Joe drops feathers all the time and one day my mother mentioned that I love pretty feathers. Now his owner sends me feathers every so often! It's amazing that Joe is not totally bald!!! But she assures me that it is normal for feathers to fall! I was so pleased to use them and when I showed her the ornament, she teared up! Joe is her "baby" and she has had him for 30 years!!!!! They live to be very old, and she has already lined up who will take him when she passes! (people love their pets!! sweet!!)
This cute Mardi Gras freebie sampler is from The Sampler Girl, but I cannot locate it online!! I added a crown charm and put a very glittery edging on it! These are so much fun to make!!
The last little ornament I made is just a little pillow from Mardi Gras fabric, but I included a little purple crown with a King Cake baby on it! King Cakes are popular and you probably know the story--a little baby, said to represent the Baby Jesus, is baked in the cake, and the person who finds the baby in their slice of cake is supposed to receive luck and prosperity AND host the next party!
It has been easy to locate Mardi Gras fabrics, and Wal Mart and Party City carry Mardi Gras items. Michael's has some, too, but I realize that it might not be so plentiful in other parts of the country. I try to be thrifty (ha) and I used up some small scraps of purple and gold Aida on these ornaments. I want to use some more neutral fabrics on some others--for a different effect. I intend to add a few more to the group, but you can fill in with lots of beads so the tree isn't empty!
I also have my Valentine Tree up, and I'll show that one shortly! The calendar made these two close together...Valentine's is February 14 and Mardi Gras is over February 18 this year!!! So, I just put both of them up, in separate rooms!
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