I finally had to try my hand at making paper feathers. FUN!
Making your own feathers is quite easy! One feather shape was cut from patterned paper and a second from vellum. Next I adhered a length of thin wire to the center of each feather, using Glossy Accents. After running a thin bead down the center of each shape, I pressed the wire into the adhesive and held it down until the glue began to dry. When completely dry, I cut slits along both sides of the wire, angled inward. Be careful not to get too close to the center or you might accidentally clip the wire! Finally, the completed feathers were inked to define their spine and edges. And there you have it...perfect accents for my Mardi Gras page. (Note the feathers in my photos. The horseback riding duke and Indian both had headdresses made of feathers.)
Mardi Gras in New Orleans is the best. As long as you avoid the touristy areas of downtown and the French Quarter, the atmosphere is very relaxed and the entertainment family-oriented. It's the greatest free show on earth, and we get to experience it every year! Now I've got to go gather up our peanuts and chips, ice down some soft drinks and pack chairs in the car, then we'll be ready to hit the streets in the morning for the last day of parades. Laissez les bons temps rouler!