Weekend Recap & Tassel Necklace DIY

Happy Monday!

It’s a heck of a lot happier after the Saints win last night! Night games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome are always special — the energy and crowd are always incredible. If you’re a sports fan, add it to your must-visit stadium list and come for a primetime game!

Last night’s game was the Saints’ Breast Cancer Awareness game at home. During pre-game, Katie Kelly was honored as a breast cancer survivor. She is so strong, inspiring and wonderful. You can learn more about her story here. It was so fun to hang out with her husband, his friend, Katie and her twin sister, Carrie, who I’ve known since we moved here, during pre-game and cheer for her during the presentation.

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Friday night we went to Payton’s Play It Forward Foundation’s Black & Gold Gala at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It was a beautiful event that benefited three amazing causes – Feed the Children, K9s for Warriors and Team Gleason. I feel so lucky to have been a part of the event’s committee – it was an incredible group of people to work with!

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Had to borrow this great photo from Dennis Lomonaco’s Facebook page. IMG_1263IMG_1261

IMG_1274  IMG_1271Darius Rucker and Better Than Ezra performed, which was a blast, and the program included incredibly moving videos about each beneficiary. Last year, my husband had met one of the veterans, Erick, and we got to visit with him and his SUPER sweet dog, Gumbo. We enjoyed spending time with the veterans and they all seemed to enjoy the evening so much. K9s for Warriors is such an incredible program and the dogs save the lives of soldier suffering from PTSD. The video showed a staggering statistic — 22 soldiers with PTSD commit suicide every day. The organization is saving so many lives.        FullSizeRender

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With Suzanne (American Diabetes Association) and Morgan (Feed the Children); both used to work with the Hornets. Morgan was one of the first people I met when we moved to New Orleans.

Switching gears…

Today’s DIY is one that I really enjoyed creating. I am obsessed with tassels! I found a similar DIY one P.S. I Made This and wanted to create my own — using red for the upcoming Pelicans season, of course!

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Supplies:

-Suede lace

-Embroidery floss

-Assorted jump rings

-Chain

-Crimping pliers

-Chain-nose pliers

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Instructions:

1 – Make your tassels. I can’t find it now, but I found a tutorial on Pinterest that was very easy to follow. The first step was to cut a piece of floss about 12 inches long to use to tie it. I used my hand to make the first four and then a piece of cardboard to make the long one (for the middle).

2 – Once you’ve made your tassels, attach jump rings to each one (I used the largest ones in my assorted pack).

3 – Use the pliers to make your chain size; you want it to make up about half of your necklace.

4 – Attach tassels to the chain with your pliers to make sure you close them as tightly as possible.

5 – String a long piece of suede through both ends of the chain and use a mirror to ensure you tie off the suede at the length you wanted.

6 – Enjoy your new necklace!

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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial – jewelry making intimidates me so much, but this wasn’t too bad at all!

Have a great start to the week!

-Lindsey

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