Monday, March 7, 2011

Mardi Gras in Mobile or New Orleans

Did you know that Mardi Gras began in Mobile, AL?  That's right!  Right here in Alabama is where all the fun began, and still continues.  Mobile has a great Mardi Gras celebration and it is family oriented!  You can check out the history of Mardi Gras, listen to the music and see the sights LIVE right here!  There is also a beautiful Mardi Gras museum in Mobile.

Now I do not want to take anything away from New Orleans.  Why, NOLA is one of my favorite places to visit. The food is beyond fabulous, the people are friendly and the music can't be beat!!   I was there last summer for a week and had a wonderful time.  Here are a few pics from the trip.

We took a riverboat ride up the Mississippi to the battlefield where "The Battle of New Orleans" was won.  Breakfast at Brennan's just is a must, especially the turtle soup and Bananas Foster. 

 Of course we spent a lot of time in the Quaters listening to the music and eating that fantastic food.
Breakfast at Brennan's just is a must, especially the turtle soup and Bananas Foster. 

We went to the National WWII Museum which was very interesting.
And the trip was topped off by watching the July 4th fireworks on the river.

Now, take a peek at my Mardi Gras card.  I made a gate fold card.  To keep the card closed I cut a fleur de lis from the FRENCH MANOR cartridge and attached a strip of purple sequined trim to it.  I just slipped it over the card to keep it closed.   

 The outside of the card has the city names MOBILE and NOLA attached.  They were cut from the STORYBOOK cartridge. I added a few different colored rhinestones to give it a little more personality.

And here is the inside of the card.

And as you can see, the sentiment is KING CAKE!!  The crown was cut from the A CHILD'S YEAR cartridge and given a lot of rhinestones for the "royal occasion".  The word CAKE was cut with STORYBOOK cartridge.  And to the sides I added a little french ironwork from the FRENCH MANOR cartridge that was embossed with a brocade folder in the cuttlebug.  

The paper I used for the card is from The Paper Studio, K&Company, and DCWV.

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  1. Great card, Bama girl! And your photos are wonderful -- never been to NOLA, but I'd love to go!


    ~ Jen @ Musings of A Crafty Mom

  2. WOW love the card and the pictures of New Orleans. They are super thanks for sharing, Thanks also for playing on Rainbow Lady this week Hazelxoxo

  3. Superb card and loving all the history you have told us. Great pics from your trip too. Thanks for sharing Love Cynthia x

  4. Looks like a fun trip. Great celebration card. Thank you for joining in with Rainbow Lady's challenge this week.
    Jen x

  5. What great memories! I had no idea about the history?? Beautiful card and wonderful colors and details! Thanks for sharing with us this week!

  6. Charlotte, I definitely knew that!!! My dad is from Mobile and my mom's family is from all over Louisianna, but mostly New Orleans. I still have family living in both!!! Hubby and I try to visit as often as possible!!!