Thursday, February 7, 2013

Mardi Gras Photos

This will be a heavy photo post.  Three years ago we were in Southern Alabama at Mardi
Gras time.  All the photos were taken in one of two small towns, Fairhope or Daphne.  They are located across Mobile Bay from Downtown Mobile.  As I said in the previous post, it was a fun time to be down there.  There were many special foods and wonderful decorations and parades.  I hope you enjoy!

 The first few pictures show a parade.  Look at all those beads! This parade was in Fairhope.

 They threw beads and moon pies off the floats.

Wonderful floats!

Many homes had these wreaths in the colors of Mardi Gras, gold , purple, and green.

 Or garlands!

Even mailboxes!

 And fences!

 This whole porch was decorated.

 A side yard!

These folks really know how to celebrate!!!
Have a wonderful week-end! If you are in the NE take care, it looks like a bad storm is coming!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Valentines and Mardi Gras

Thanks to all of you who joined me on the beach walk.  I think it has been raining ever since so I'm so glad we got out that day.  My cross stitch slowed down just a bit.  Did you ever hear of a trigger thumb??!! I had been having trouble with my thumb sort of cracking.  Then it hurt quite a bit at the base of my thumb.  Well anyway, last Fri. I went to the Dr. He diagnosed it as trigger thumb.  First the bad news, he took an xray and my hand has tons of arthritis!! I had to get a cortisone shot in my thumb to cut down on the inflammation and hopefully that will take care of my thumb pain!! Now the good news,  I'm doing exactly what I need to be doing to keep my hands as healthy as possible  USE THEM!!! USE THEM A LOT! so I'm back to stitching 2 or 3 hours each evening!  Yea!!
Now on to Mardi Gras.  A few years ago we were down in Mobile at Mardi Gras time.  It was so festive and fun.  It seemed like every night a little town in the area had a parade.  In fact,  the Mobile folks say that Mardi Gras began in Mobile not New Orleans.  One thing I liked about the Alabama version was that it was very family friendly not just a big wild party.  So anyway , I bought some decorations.  It looked like Christmas down there.  Most homes were decorated so pretty.  I'll do a post tomorrow to show you some pictures we took.  I suppose my neighbors up here think we have lost our minds since it is not big at all.  We did have fun putting our things up. I hope you enjoy the photos.
My second finish for 2013 is Feb. Word Play.  I loved doing it and have ordered more for other months.  Have a super week!

 The Mardi Gras wreath

These were 1/2 price at Michaels!

Beads everywhere!

I am not sure how I want to finish these.  Right now I am thinking that I will get one frame and change them out each month.  My linen was lighter than it shows in the picture.