June 1st, 2006

new orleans, fleur

No Hurricanes Allowed

Behold the power of two women who are friends armed with tequila-based beverages and a cordless glue gun.

June 1st has been looming large on the calendar and in the minds of many in these parts for months. While we were hanging out during Jazz Fest, yellowdoggrl came up with the fine idea to ring in the 2006 Hurricane Season with an Anti-Hurricane Party. Then yellowdoggrl was inspired by the ghosts of past shoe purchases and suggested that we make shoebox altars using storm debris, cherished items and New Orleans-oriented doodads (like Mardi Gras beads) as part of our festivities.

Our ingredients:

Creativity - It is the opposite of destruction.
Voodoo - It's New Orleans.
Margaritas - In the world of alcholic beverages, they are the anti-Hurricane. Hurricanes are red, sweet and rummy. Margaritas are green, tart and salty.

In the midst of our magic-making, I told yellowdoggrl that I felt like a kid in a candy store with all the arts and crafts supplies and Mardi Gras beads at our disposal. Below are a few pictures of our works in progress. We will continue adding little tokens throughout hurricane season to keep the magic going.

Got Our Mojo Workin' Got Our Mojo Workin'
Nolagrl Gris Gris Nolagrl Gris Gris
Silverdee Magic Silverdee Magic

(We both used pieces of FEMA blue roofing tarp, Katrina diamonds, vintage New Orleans postcards and Mardi Gras beads.)