Celebrating Mardi Gras

trollbeads-mardi-gras-braceletToday, Mardi Gras is being celebrated all around the world, and most famously in New Orleans, Louisiana for the US.  The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday has been designated as a time to gorge oneself on all the decadent, rich, and fatty foods before the fasting season of Lent.  It’s not only for self-indulgent eating, it’s also a time for partying, parades, and costumes.  While it began as a French tradition brought with them to the Louisiana Territory, most residents including the non-Creole and Cajun population celebrate this holiday with parades and throwing plastic beads.

For us charms addicts I think we can do a little bit better than just plastic beads!  I made this bracelet with various Trollbeads silvers and glass beads from my collection in Mardi Gras’ traditional colors:  purple, gold, and of course my favorite, green.  Do you celebrate Lent?  I’ve thought about trying to “fast” by abstaining from buying beads but I don’t think I’d be able to make it, lol.


Bead index (starting from left): anniversary devil lock (retired), unique green pinwheel, unique yellow swag, rosary, unique purple wave, unique green/purple stripes, anniversary flowers (retired), unique yellow ohm, unique green budded python, decorative birds, unique purple braid, unique yellow longevity, unique green harlequin, endless, unique yellow python, unique purple fishbones, wine, earth, purple dillo, phoenix, unique yellow ornament, artisan green caterpillar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002553756375 Trish T. Pandora

    I love your MardiGras themed bracelet! That purple braid is SPECTACULAR!! The whole bracelet is a stunner!

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Thanks, Trish! It’s very festive ;).

  • Jennifer Wr

    I agree, your bracelet is lovely! I have developed a fondness for budded python beads, I just love their texture. 🙂

  • Sharon

    When I was a kid my brother and I would always give up sweets and soda. I haven’t done that for years but probably should. We ended our fast with our Easter basket and subsequent sick stomachs lol

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Wow, to have the willpower at that age is impressive! I bet candy never tasted so delicious as on Easter ;).

  • Jeanne

    Very nice! I don’t think I’ve seen that lock before.

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Thanks, Jeanne! It’s a retired LE lock from the Trollbeads 30th Anniversary Bracelet. Really cool and a bit creepy, it’s either a troll or devil on the lock (I think it looks like a devil :O).

  • Angela

    I like this bracelet especially the Caterpillar on the end, is he from the Anniversary bracelet? I always like to check how many beads from your featured bracelet I have this time 5 out of 21. This past weekend while at my local Troll store I spotted a fab. green bead on another customer. It was so vibrant I had to compliment and ask about the bead, she said it was Earth and that it was 3 years old. I thought I would not find it and if I did it would be an arm and a leg. Found it on eBay at a decent price hemming and hawing, but I really liked it.Now I encounter the Earth bead, twice in less than a week.Wouldn’t you agree thats a sure sign that I should buy this bead? 😀
    Really was trying to be good as got beads this weekend plus awaiting my TB order. Getting Earth and seeking Fish Bone and Yellow Ornament.
    BTW was the Yellow Ornament from a past Christmas kit?

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Thanks, Angela! The caterpillar is not Trollbeads, it’s actually from an artisan glassmaker and one of my favorites on Etsy. I love the Earth, it’s in the current catalog from Trollbeads and the gold foil inside makes the design vary so much depending on the bead. It’s definitely a sign! 😉 The yellow ornament is an unqiue.

      • Angela

        Got my Earth bead yeeh!!!!

      • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

        Woohoo! Did you get a really cool one? Don’t you love it? It’s such a rich vibrant green.

  • Debbie

    A very pretty bracelet Leann 🙂 The yellow beads are especially lovely.

    In the UK we call today Shrove Tuesday, aka “Pancake day”. I think the origins are using up all the milk, eggs and sugar prior to starting lent! Yum yum!

    I have given up saying I will give things up for lent as I really don’t have the will power and always fail miserably 🙁

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Thanks, Debbie! I hope the pancakes were delicious :D.

  • Ashley

    Hahaha! You are too funny Leann, let me know how the fasting of not buying beads is. I DEFINITELY need to try that myself.

    I don’t celebrate Lent but my hair stylist does and its always something different she chooses each year to sustain from. This year she is celebrating by going w/o chocolate. I told her she must have huge will power because I could never go a day w/o a little chocolate!! 🙂

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      I couldn’t do it, haha! I definitely don’t have the willpower. 😉