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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Throw Me Somethin' Mister!

Mardi Gras 2012 is Tuesday, February 21.  That means we are right in the thick of Mardi Gras season for the next month!  This time of year makes me think of king cake, blaring trumpets, and lots and lots of beads. 

When I was little, my mom often took us to the huge (and family-oriented) parades in Kenner and Metarie, just outside of New Orleans.  Every year I was in college (all 6 of them, haha), I squished in a car with my friends and we drove to New Orleans, usually jamming about 12 people into one hotel room.  Mardi Gras in New Orleans is truly a unique experience.  I probably wouldn't be able to handle it now that I'm older, but the memories of limping down Bourbon Street in sticky shoes, eating Popeye's red beans and rice at 3am, and sitting on someone's shoulders desperately trying to catch the biggest beads will always make me smile.

Now that we are in Houston, we celebrate a very sedate Mardi Gras season.  My husband made a king cake, and I've decided to honor Mardi Gras by creating earrings with authentic parade doubloons.  If you aren't that familiar with Mardi Gras traditions, you may know about catching beads at parades, but there are also doubloons.  Each year every Mardi Gras krewe creates limited edition doubloons, which are basically big shiny aluminum coins, to throw at their parade.  The doubloons usually have the year, the krewe name, and the theme or name of the krewe's parade that year engraved on them.

These Mardi Gras earrings are a great way to wear a little piece of Mardi Gras tradition during this season, whether you are participating in carnival season somewhere in Louisiana, or just want to celebrate the good times wherever you call home!

Silver doubloon earrings by Lazy Owl Boutique
Shiny blue doubloon earrings by Lazy Owl Boutique
Gold Mardi Gras earrings by Lazy Owl Boutique


 

3 comments:

Kelly (Seaux Southern) said...

Cute earrings! I live on the Northshore of Lake Ponchartrain so I am well into the Mardi Gras season here. Since the Saints and LSU football games are done for the season :( I am stitching up lots of purple, green and gold items! No one does Mardi Gras like New Orleans!!

Leslye Simoneaux said...

I LOVE those earrings!! Very creative way to reuse what most of us in Louisiana have around our homes!

Janet said...

Kelly - I know, we were so excited for both LSU and the Saints. At least the Saints put up a good fight in their game, that was just heartbreaking!

Leslye- Thanks! When I came up with the idea I went home and raided my mom's attic for all our old doubloons. We have so many doubloons and beads that it seems like you work so hard to get at a parade and then they just sit in your house! My other project is to make a wreath of Mardi Gras beads.

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