This isn't just a problem for people in Louisiana anymore! It's no surprise a 'festival' featuring booze, beads and boobs would be adopted in other areas of the country, is it? Heck no! If people are honest, they like at least two of three of those items. In fact, when I worked in Syracuse, NY, the tried to do a Fat THURSDAY event each week... in the Summer (The idiots clearly didn't get it!) Either way, yesterday we celebrated the end of the Mardi Gras season and got out all our sins on Fat Tuesday in preparation of Ash Wednesday, you know, the part where we're absolved of said sins and try to do better for the next 40 days or so. I'm not even Catholic and I give up something for Lent every year. I figure it's as good a reason as any for self betterment. I mean, if you can't do it in the name of Jesus, who can you do it for? Regardless, no matter where you live, chances are you have a pile of shiny, mostly useless and cheap beads. Remember when you got them? They were worth more than gold at the time and now you just want to figure out what do with them other than fill the local land fill. I've come up with a few ideas. I did the wall art above for a friend of mine. When I started I thought it would be easy. Little did I know I would have to cut each bead off the string individually with the cheaper stands! Another use is your drink coasters. Take a coaster that has raised edges and glue a medallion in the middle and surround with smaller beads. It's festive! Do you have any ideas? I'd love to hear them! And remember, a woman's glue gun is just as important as a man's duct tape!