It’s Day 5! Have you been educated and inspired? I really hope this tour is not only leaving you with beautiful inspirations and stories, but also enriching your life with a glimpse into another culture. Yesterday, we got a beautiful dress from Sewing Sober and onesies, as well as a unique gift from Two Novembers.
Today we have 2 guests joining us again, and they do have some incredible projects to show you. One the guests, Ginger House Designs, incorporated the traditional marigold flower so it seemed fitting that today’s fact give you some information about the origin of the flower:
Marigolds are the full and fragrant flowers used to adorn altars, hair, and other various decorations furing Dia de los Muertos. The Marigold goes back all the way to the Aztecs, where it was called “the fog” because of the fragrance, and was used to help ease those into death. They felt it would be similar to a sleeping medicine in that it relaxed and made the process easier. It should also be noted, they used this when sacrificing their victims.
This particular species is native to Mexico, and it is believed to be easily recognizable by the dead spirits which is why it is used. It is also the flower dedicated to Aztec God of Rain, Tlaloc, so it is fitting that it be used in a celebration that combines Aztec traditions and religious traditions, bridging the two cultures and beliefs.
Now that you have learned a bit about the usage of the marigold, you can meet Darcy of Ginger House Designs. Darcy is a blogger and pattern designer who you may be familiar with from my previous posts of the Emerson Dress and the Queen Street Dress. She brought this beautiful marigold headband she made for herself and daughter, and has a tutorial so you can make your own HERE or click the picture:
Next up is Kelly from Handmade Boy who made this beautiful dia de los muertos costume for her daughter. EDITED: Some people in latino cultures do find a costume offensive when done to duplicate this holiday, the same as how some Native American cultures find some costumes offensive to their culture, however, I feel this was a beautiful representation of an important holiday and hope you respect the blogger and her daughter’s sense of expression. The purpose of this tour is to help bridge cultures, as well as teach more in depth about the holiday.
Hi! I’m Kelly and I blog over at Handmade Boy. My blog is pretty new and my main focus is creating awesome, cool, modern things for boys. But, of course I can’t leave out my daughters now and then! Last year, my youngest daughter’s Halloween costume was greatly influenced by Dia de los Muetros and I’d love to share what we did so you can create your own look! Click HERE or click the photo to go to post
Didn’t both of these ladies do any amazing job? If you have been keeping up, don’t forget to comment on their blog for extra entries for the giveaway, and if you are just joining in, then be sure to check out the giveaway below from 4 designers with a total of 5 patterns!! And as usual, be sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour, and come back tomorrow. We still have 2 more days, then the final day/round-up, my feature and LAST DAY of the giveaway!!
October 26: Rebel & Malice – Felt With Love Designs
October 27: From a Box – Paisley Roots
October 28: Crafty Lady Abby
October 29: Sewing Sober – Two Novembers
October 30: Handmade Boy – Ginger House Designs
October 31: Call Ajaire
November 1: Lulu & Celeste
November 2: Rebel & Malice (Last day to enter giveaway!)