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Mardi Gras literally translates to "Fat Tuesday" and is celebrated in March on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The day is meant to be a feast of fatty foods before the fasting of the Lenten season begins. Mardi Gras is a huge celebration in New Orleans, LA, which started with parades on February 15th! The celebrations in New Orleans began in the mid 1700s and have grown into a huge spectacle today with food, booze and partying.
Mardi Gras Traditions
Beads & Trinkets
Over the years the popularity of Mardi Gras beads and trinkets has grown. People will do just about anything for these trinkets, including flashing parts of their bodies, which does not occur along the parade routes, but typically in the French Quarter. The main purpose of the beads is to make each parade float stand out and be unique from the others.
Each Mardi Gras Krewe has it's own history and theme. In New Orleans there are five featured Krewes in the parades:
Krewe of ZULU
Mardi Gras Indians
Krewe of Bacchus
Krewe of Rex
Krewe of Endymion
But there are tons more that participate! The krewes decorate floats and many are known for the specific beads and trinkets that they throw.
King cakes are large cakes with a baby hidden inside. Whoever finds the baby in their slice of the cake is crowned the royal king or queen of the party.
The colors of Mardi Gras are purple, yellow and green. Purple stands for justice, yellow stands for power and green stands for faith.
For more information about Mardi Gras check out this website!
To celebrate Mardi Gras we created a trendy button up top using our iron on letters and appliqués! To view the full tutorial click here.
Alone last Valentine's Day?
Alone this Valentine's Day?
Alone every Valentine's Day?
Don't let this Hallmark holiday get you down. Show yourself some special love by creating your very own cuteness overload meme pillow! Who needs hugs and love when you can snuggle up next to this? (For the full tutorial click here!)
Invite your single friends over for a black hearts party and celebrate the freedom of being selfish...single.
Plus, you already know how awesome you are. You don't need a significant other to remind you.
Have a happy singles awareness day and spread the love<3
U S A! U S A! On February 7, 2014, over 200 American athletes will be competing in Sochi Russia to win gold medals in 17 different sporting events. To show our support we created a recycled shrinky dink charm bracelet using different olympic symbols.
Each symbol has a different meaning:
This is the olive wreath. At the ancient Olympic games, the winner was crowned with an olive branch!
The mountain peaks represent the many sporting events held at high altitude.
This geometric symbol is found on the Sochi medal.
The snowflake represents simply that the 2014 Olympics are being held in the winter.
These, of course, are the Olympic Rings. The colors of the rings are blue, black, yellow, green and red which represent the five different areas in the world involved in the Olympics. They are probably the most recognizable Olympic symbol.
The Olympic Torch Relay for the 2014 Olympics began on October 7, 2013 in Moscow and will be run through over 130 cities before it reaches Sochi! The flame "commemorates the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus...where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics."
This is our little shout out to Team USA. Go America!!
Show your American spirit in style with our recycled Olympic bracelet project. To get the whole how-to, click here!
Don't forget to enter our Shourouk inspired clutch giveaway on Facebook by Tuesday, February 4th at 12PM!
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#Kiss Me Shirt
Whether you’re Irish on St. Patrick’s Day or Irish everyday this shirt is sure to get you some attention! We used our puffy heart appliques and gold glitter iron on letters to create this cute top!