Friday Frivolity - Mardi Gras Madness

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...

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At last week's party, we couldn't stop snickering at silly dogs.

Next week is Mardi Gras, so we decided to share a little of the madness at this week's party.

Since we live fairly close to a similar collection of craziness known as Gasparilla, there are always beads coming out of everyone's ying-yangs around here.

While it's easy to find something to do with all those beads if you're teaching in the classroom (fill your treasure box for free!), it's otherwise pretty difficult to find a use for all those baubles - even if you're just dumping them into the dress-up bin at the Dugger's house!

That's why I decided to highlight some clever craft projects using leftover beads.

You could turn them into something else to wear, like a new necklace:


Or even a dress!

Turn them into a wreath:

Or decorative trees:

Or use them to fancy-up some bottles!

But my favorite ideas are these works of art, which I'm totally wanting to try sometime this year:

Well, maybe not the chair, but wouldn't that be just the most awesome statement piece, in the right house?

Now time for the new stuff!

The Hosts:

Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

  Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an "un-labelly spot" for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits. She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! Lisa recently wrote about her leggings experience in Have You Roe'd Yet?'ve gotta check it out!

Friday Frivolity Host Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom

Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living life with laughter and intention! Her blog is your spot for Capsule Wardrobe how-to's and inspiration, humor, encouragement, life-hacks, Read / DON'T Read book reviews, and more!  Stop by her blog for winter plus-sized Capsule Wardrobe inspiration -- mix-and-match outfit inspiration!

Host, Audrey, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!
Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore - "MUsings NOt FOod RElated." Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more! Audrey recently shared 5 Easy Ways Women Can Help Each Other -- no matter what your political views are, these are encouraging tips!

Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics -- from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! She recently shared her fun answers over at her 40 question post!

Guest Co-Hosts for February: 

Amethyst from One Sage Mama! 
Amethyst is a fantastically encouraging and thoughtful blogger, who shares new-mama adventures, self-care advice, book and product reviews and so much more over at One Sage Mama. Her most recent post, in honor of Multicultural Children's Book Day, is a review of a heartwarming story entitled Yumi's Extraordinary Collection.  

Patricia from Pretty Fly for a White Mom

Patricia is a marvelously honest and funny writer, who shares her warm and humorous reflections on life and motherhood over at Pretty Fly for A White Mom.  And ooooh yesss, she rewrites and performs music too!  Check out her post What Makes Me Fly for the scoop on how she chose her blog name, AND a selection of some of her greatest hits... one of which has to qualify as the cutest baby announcement ever!

Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay!  We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun!  Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment.  :)  Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions! 

Featured Post from Last Week:

In a fun twist, since we have multiple hosts and co-hosts we will also have multiple features.... but you will have to go check out the other blogs to see if you were featured there!  ;)    


The featured post for Syncopated Mama this week is........

5 Ways to Rescue a Rotten Morning

Because even if you fail at this list of ways to perk your family up with the sun, the double chocolate crunch muffins are a great fall-back plan!

Now, the new stuff! 

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy. That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot. If you're here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin'! Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay! You are welcome to link up to 3 posts, and old posts are always welcome! 

We're so happy you're here! Let's have some fun!

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  1. Such cool ideas for all those beads!! Love the pictures... must try!

  2. My dearest Lisa,

    Oh my goodness! For so many reasons...

    1. THANK YOU, thank you, thank you for giving me the thrill and honor of being your feature! Seriously, this is the best thing, because this is the best party goin'.
    2. "There are always beads coming out of everyone's ying-yangs around here." (Cue snort of laughter.)
    3. That bead chair! I don't think it screams "1900s farmhouse," but it sure screams fun and fabulous for someone's house!
    4. I am SO not sorry to be beyond the bead years.

    Guilty Chocoholic Mama

  3. All the bead ideas were so creative but I think the wreath was my fave!

  4. Those shoes are something else! (but they can't possibly be comfortable, lol) Have a great weekend!

  5. I absolutely love those shoes! Now I know what to do with all of those necklaces! If I make them, I'm sure that my granddaughters would love them! Thanks for sharing!!

  6. my favourite is definitely the chair, I may have to make one of those for a friend of mine :)

  7. I had no idea you could use mardi gras beads in so many ways!! That chair is pretty cool, I have to say. I think I want one!


  8. I like the dress, and the bottles! How cool!
    Off to make something out of my beads now!

  9. That chair is incredible - not present to sit on but gorgeous to look at

  10. Thanks for sharing with I am Pinnable Lisa

  11. These are all fun ideas to use beads.