Sunday, October 30, 2011

Nauga Arm Warmers

Last week my business consultant from the local University told me that I need to start telling stories with my embroidery items.  Within a day or two of that conversation, I read one of the Etsy articles that said that people who list items for sale should include a story about the item.  Since both are telling me the same thing, I guess it must be so.  This pair of arm warmers was my first attempt at doing just they.  The arm warmers are on sale in my Etsy store for $15.00.

Measurements: 17 inches long, 12 inches around
Care: Wash in cool water and tumble dry

Here in Pensacola we love to celebrate Mardi Gras. We have every size and shape of Mardi Gras krewe. One of our favorite krewes is the Krewe of Nauga. They do not have a float. They do not parade. What they do have is one party each year, but what a party that is. The theme is always animals and animal prints.

The story about the Krewe of Nauga is that many years ago the local hair salon on the beach had their chairs recovered in naugahyde. A local gentleman happened by and was shown the new chair covering. In absolute disgust he said, "Do you realize how many naugas had to be killed so that you could have your chairs covered with their hyde?" The owner was mortified at the idea that she caused any creature to be killed. Of course, we know that there is no such thing as a nauga. But at that moment, she did not. It became such a local story on the beach that the hair salon created the Krewe of Nauga with the animal print theme. Yes. We believe in naugas on Pensacola Beach. lol

This one of a kind pair of arm warmers is dedicated to those wonderful, crazy naugas on the beach. The leopard print fabric is a light, silky, stretchy, tricot with that satin type sheen. The white lightning bolt is appliqued and curves around the front of your arm. For a bit of razzle dazzle, the crystal rhinestones were added because, really, is there anything more bright and shiny than a lightning bolt. The three inch opening for your thumb is also embroidered in white with a tiny hint of floral design around the edge. The fabric is doubled creating a lining of the same fabric for a bit more elegance.

Wear these arm warmers and people are sure to stop you to inquire. Tell them the nauga story but sadly this is a one of a kind, handmade item that they will not be able to purchase elsewhere. Of course, if you must part with them, this would make a fabulous gift.       

C'est tout, mes amis.

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