Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Back to Doll Making

I feel like it's been weeks since I've actually created anything. I fear I'm going stir crazy. I guess I need to look at the last two weeks as a years worth of inspiration, which it indeed has been. But before I get down and dirty with my clay again (that sounds just nasty, but I think ya'll know what I mean:) I just want to share a bit of the most magical day of the year, for me anyway.
So many people think Mardi Gras is about beads and boobs. While it may be for some this is not what Mardi Gras means to us and most locals. Our day starts early, we put on the costumes we've worked hard on and head down to the Marigny, near the French Quarter. The revellers congregate, the costumes are enough to stop you in your tracks, the funky sounds of a brass band playing to shake your booty to, the camaraderie of sharing such a magical experience is thick in the air. Everyone is in love and loving life. This is my Mardi Gras.
My whacky sis


My beautiful daughter walking down Frenchman street amongst the revellers. I love that she shares and enjoys the magic of this day with me. The creativity, soul and spirit of this whole event is absolutely something I want her to know and feel.


My sister Corky dancing with the Melon Lady, Corky is in gray (I realize they both have pretty big melons:)

Chris jumping to new heights

and myself getting towed by my darling husband .

You can see more images on my flickr

11 comments:

Debra said...

I love your dolls and was bummed I did not win, still I am happy for the winner. Wow, it looks like you had fun. Is was nice that your sisters could join you too! Love the cotumes, and all the color! Halloween, the only time we northerners get to dress up, is my favorite holiday for that reason!

Pease Porridge said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Mardi Gras season! Thanks for sharing your pics. Jennifer

Sue said...

Colleen, Mardi Gras looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing your pics on Flickr and here with us.

Caroline said...

The pics are great and looks like there was a lot of fun going on!

pumpkinhaus said...

Oh Colleen! How I would looooooove to come down and celebrate Mardi Gras with you!!!!

LoopyBoopy said...

It was a fabulous day. 70 degrees and sunny. Always seems to be the case..I'm telling you, it's pure magic!
Dani, I would love to have you for Mardi Gras, I just know your costume would be outrageous!!

Once Upon A Blue Crow said...

I think it would be so much fun to see all the costumes too! Looks like everyone was having a great time!

Fab Fibers said...

I had fallen in love with your dolls a long time ago. Seeing you in that picture is exactly how I would imagine you to look. I am here in New Orleans visiting my sister, not in time for Mardi Gras, but enjoying myself just the same. Isn't it a small world that I am from MI like your sister too?

Rosanne

Mealy Monster Land said...

Colleen!!! looks like a fun time was had indeed! someday I am going to have to experience Mardi Gras for real, but for now, thanks so much for sharing your pictures. brightened my day and made me smile!!!

Cynjon said...

Looks like a fun time, as per usual! (and a warm one this year as well, apparently!)

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