Dia de los Muertos

Close up of Sugar Skull art journal pageI love fall – the colors are my colors, the cooler weather finally comes, my birthday happens and the holidays truly begin with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The time for family and being together and celebrating really starts when the weather breaks. There is one more holiday in the fall that is lesser known in the United States – Dia de los Muertos. Day of the Dead. This holiday gets a bad rep because it sounds morbid and is typically celebrated with dancing skulls dressed like mariachi’s and hat dancing ladies. However, this holiday is really about celebrating and honoring those we love that have passed. It is a day to remember them and tell their stories to our children and friends. It is a day to celebrate the lives of our loved ones.

This fall, along with stitching pumpkin table runners out of luscious hand dyed wool and deciding what creepy or silly costumes we will wear for Trick or Treating, I have made an art journal page. I painted a sugar skull to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Sugar skulls are a favorite candy in Mexico for this holiday. They are everywhere. I thought it would be fun to paint one and spend that time remembering my family members that are gone. As I painted, I thought about their smiling faces, the way they laughed, jokes we shared and all the wonderful times we shared. It was an artful way to honor them and celebrate their lives. It was a great way to take some time to remember how lucky I was to have them in my life.

Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead

I was inspired by Effy on Wild Soul Arts. She made a free video showing her technique for making a sugar skull art journal page spread. If you would like to paint or stitch a sugar skull, there is a free template available online at http://silverravenwolf.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/magick-notes-dios-de-los-muertos-sugar-skull-template/

I used neocolors, acrylics, ink, rubber stamps and gesso to create this sweetie. Enjoy the day, honor your people and celebrate life!

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Binding with Love

Whootie For AxelMy niece, Rebecca, is having her baby shower next week. We are all so excited for her and we can’t wait to hold little Axel. I love that we live in an age where we can see the baby even before he is born. I really, really love walking through the baby aisles and looking at all the new products available to new moms these days.  The products are all cool but I am a practical woman. I chose the more practical items I thought she would need. I added a copy of the book “I Am Water” that we read to our daughter. And, of course, I made a quilt to welcome Axel to the family. I am a quilter. That’s what I do.

So, today I am stitching the binding onto Axel’s quilt. I am enjoying the final moments of thinking about Rebecca and how we have watched her grow to be a fine young woman. I am thinking about how lucky we are as a family to have a new life, a new baby added to our family tree.  As I finish stitching, I am ready to send on my gift bound up with love.

My Etsy Store is OPEN

My Etsy Store is finally open! I am so humbled by this huge big leap. I am excited, nervous and mostly feeling like I have made a major milestone in my artwork. This is brave stuff. Putting your artwork out to the world takes big girl braveness.


Here is a link to my shop: etsy.com/shop/PiecefulSpirit

I would like to thank a few people for helping to make this possible. First, my family for their love, support and tolerance of an arty, messy home. Also, to my friends who have encouraged me to be brave enough to actually sell my artwork and for actually buying some as well. It gave me such a confidence boost. I would like to thank a few artists and teachers that have taught me so much and helped me to develop my art – Melody Ross, Christy Tomlinson, Junelle Jacobsen. You ladies totally rock!

Ok, now it’s time to get arty and get busy making some pieceful stuff. Woo hoo!!