The book for Week 12 is Pralines, Cupcakes, and Beautiful Gates. It's a painted canvas cover with tacket binding and a button and macrame cord closure.
|The original Pralines and Cupcakes store on Magazine Street|
|The Garden District|
|Easter Basket Pages|
|Easter Basket Houses|
And because it was almost St. Patrick's Day.. many of the fences and gates were decorated with strings of green beads... as the local New Orleanians picked their outfits, created their floats, and practiced their marching for the St. Patty's Day parades. Parades are BIG in New Orleans. Think of the floats as pages of a book...and within each float are more stories of the people who created the floats and how that came about and what they mean... like beads of a rosary... and those hanging on the fences...
The gates remind me of the covers of a book, protecting the precious pages within, but also presenting a welcoming and beautiful ornament for entering. I just love iron gates and fences.
|Cross Hatch Gate|
|Tacket Binding and Macrame Cord Closure|
And I made sure there were pages of vibrant colors mixing.....
...just like the people of New Orleans.