It is our 3rd day, and 4th, of our dia de los muertos tour. I am so inspired by what has been created so far, and these ones are no different. I love how they really chose to embrace the meaning behind Dia de los Muertos. The cultures and traditions cause you to stop and think about how different cultures embrace death in their lives. I love how Paisley Roots chose to use this challenge. Read more about what she made by clicking on the photo.
The next person who was up is Phat Quarters (which is the blog of a fantastic fabric store you need to check out.) Her post is great and beautiful, the way this day should be. She made these Calavera mason jars and used this moment as a lesson plan for her kids. Seriously, how cool is that?Find out all the details of the lesson plan and jars by clicking on the photo.
Now since Day 3 & 4 got mashed together, here are some more beautiful and inspiring posts for you today. First we have, Lulu & Celeste, who is another returning blogger from last year’s tour. She gets nervous still since she is Latina, but I encourage her to explore other cultures and apply them to her life the way it suits her. Once again, she produced something beautiful and memorable. Click the photo for more info.
The next person we have is kind of the OG at creating beautiful and intricate items for Dia de los Muertos. Of course, Crafty Lady Abby did not hold back this year. This necklace is beautiful, and honestly… I may need to finally buckle down and try to make papel picado. Click on the photo for more info.
The next person is the reigning queen of pattern testing, Keep Calm and Carrion. She tests patterns for everyone, and makes really fun vibrant clothing, as well as some gorgeous classic pieces. When you meet her daughter, you can definitely see why these clothes has such big personalities. She made the most beautiful outfit, that I think would be just perfect to wear to a Dia de los Muertos festivity. And she tried her hand at doing the Calavera makeup, so kudos to you Alyssa because it is nerve wracking to do. Click on the photo to read more.
This brings up the topic of the painted faces and skulls. The Aztecs decorated the real skulls of people with paint and flowers. This practice was to honor the dead, and the show the beauty of death. Because it is so hard to lose those we love, this celebration and day or remembrance reminds us that, before death, there must be life so we should celebrate the life of that person no matter how long or short. People paint their faces in order to bring the beauty of the celebration into their lives. It helps bring positivity to death. It also helps us face the fear of death. Decorating your face makes you face the death of a loved one in a different way.
In Mexico, the Aztecs believed life on earth to be more of a precursor – death was a positive step forward into a higher level of conscience. For the Aztecs, skulls are a symbol, not only of death but also of rebirth. Skulls are considered morbid by many, but for the latino culture, a skull is more of a reminder that your life still continues after death.
Meet the bloggers who are joining the 2nd Dia de los Muertos tour. They will be bringing you a variety of inspired crafts, stories and a few freebies. Here is the full schedule if you missed a day.
And my lovely friend Jeanine, from StitchART came up with this awesome free motion stitch embroidery pattern HERE to celebrate the Dia de los Muertos theme, and there are even pets included.YES, pets are definitely included in this holiday.
I will be getting mine as soon as I get my money mañana.
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