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Sunday, January 31, 2010
It’s time for another party here at Embellished Bayou, and this one is complete with prizes for YOU! My one year blog anniversary is coming up on February 6, so to celebrate, I am hosting fabulous GIVEAWAYS all week long!! Be sure and visit every day for your chance to win some really cool stuff!
When I started this blog a year ago, it was really as a support for my Etsy shop, but it has developed into so much more. I never dreamed I would be posting nearly every (week)day and have close to 300 followers. I have discovered a whole new world and have gone into crafting and decorating overload!
This week I’ll be doing two posts per day. One to look back at some of my earliest posts and highlight some of my favorite projects from the past and one hosting a GIVEAWAY! So let’s get started….
Last April I did a quick post featuring a chandelier I transformed for my best friend’s little girl. This is still one of my favorite projects I have done. You see these fancy chandeliers all over boutiques and online, often for hundreds of dollars. I used her old dining room chandelier and transformed it from this:
All it took was a can of spray paint and some new crystals (in addition to the existing ones that I cleaned) to have this chandy dripping with pink girly-ness! How cute is it over her little drawing table?? Now, CLICK HERE for a SUPER giveaway! Also, please visit these parties I’ll be linking up to:
Friday, January 29, 2010
Okay, are you ready for part two of Mardi Gras Decor? Check out the previous post for my decor, I’m featuring my mom’s decorations in this post.
Her Mardi Gras tree puts mine to shame:
She replaced all her Christmas ornaments with sparkly purple, green, and gold Mardi Gras ones:
Lots of sparkle and glitter here, of course! I lettered the large green ball for her last year using a paint pen and glitter.
These jeweled crowns are actually napkin rings!
And finally, her purple tinsel tree by the back door:
You should definitely be in the party mood now! So come back next week for an even BIGGER party! I’ve got something extra special planned, you don’t want to miss it!
P.S. I’ll be a late entry in Beth’s Mantel Party, go check it out!
Well, the party is winding down here at Embellished Bayou, but it is just getting started down in New Orleans and all across the gulf coast! Thank you for joining me for Mardi Gras Week, it has been so much fun. Be sure and check out the previous posts:
And today I’ll show you my Mardi Gras decor!
I always have a little seasonal centerpiece on our island, and I had so much fun making a new one for Mardi Gras this year. I used one of the gold sequined cone trees from Christmas and copied an idea I saw in a local store. They had fun picks coming out of the top like a fireworks explosion. Here’s my version:
Go big or go home! Spread the glitter wealth:
Finally, I shoved in some foil sprays I found in my stash:
I love it! A Mardi Gras explosion!
The candlescape on the coffee table:
And my Mardi Gras tree, topped with the leftover picks from the gold sequin cone tree:
I strung on some fancy beads like garland:
Every Mardi Gras tree needs a sparkly gold fleur de lis:
You know my motto concerning decorating for Mardi Gras: the more glitter, the better!
All of these garlands and ornaments were after-Christmas clearance bargains. I decorated the purple balls myself with a paint pen and glitter.
The large wire fleur de lis was in the center of my Christmas garland and stays displayed in our entertainment center when it’s not holiday time.
Finally, one last centerpiece on the kitchen table. I wrapped a feather mask around a glittered (gasp!) candle and surrounded it with doubloons on a fun Mardi Gras pewter tray my friend gave me. The purple beaded charger came from Target after Christmas on clearance:
This is just part one of Mardi Gras decor! I’ll share my mom’s decorations in another post later today. Wouldn’t want anyone going into glitter-overload! So come back, you don’t want to miss it!