I am so freaking excited for our “Dia De Los Muertos” party this Friday. I don’t know what’s more fun, the actual party, or the preparation. Staying true to my Handmade + Vintage philosophy, the clothing is all vintage and the decorations are made like so…
The skull was found by our neighbor and I cleaned it up, painted it white and spray painted the teeth gold. This will be the centerpiece. I was inspired by this DIY from Sugar and Charm, a great option if you don’t have a skull laying around.
For the head piece, I started with a natural wreath base. You can make your own, like this, or purchase one from your local craft store. I then used hot glue to attach a bunch of foliage I found in the forest. The corsage is the same idea backed with a piece of leather and a safety pin.
The black and white skulls were hand drawn by myself and a friend, Colin Tuttle — a very talented graphic artist/illustrator. We started with blank wood skulls I found at craft store, painted them white, then drew the designs with a black sharpie. I tied them to a deer antler and threw in some dried flowers to make it more festive.
Is anyone else crafting up a storm? I’d love to hear what you’re up to!
I feel like Lauren from Crumbbums is my style soul mate. Her “Dress that Mama” serious is crazy cool. So, it warms my heart to see her rocking an Insulin And Metformin Together (Glucophage/Metformin), Metformin And Insulin Interaction Hand Dyed Scarf.
I want to fill my home with Susan Connor’s beautiful works, aptly described as having a “modern vibe with relaxed simplicity,” perfection!
Then the deer stepped from the woods. It walked from the shadows under the trees into a clear space. Antlers sprang from it’s brow, each with five or six tines. From the antlers, from each tine, green leaves were growing, as if from branches of a tree.
The deer stood without moving, brutish and graceful as deer alive in the daylight, except that its heavy, elaborate head was carrying, upon the usal curvatures of horn, these branches, this fountain of leaves.
The it turned and vanished. In shyness, perhaps. Or simply because we get no more than such dreamy chances to look upon the real world. The great door opens a crack, a hint of the truth is given—so bright it is almost death, a joy we can’t bear—and then it is gone.
- Mary Oliver
My husband and I were lucky enough to get a glimpse of this lovely baby deer sleeping in the field near out house.
I am a huge fan of Local Milk, a magic combination of true style, inspired food, poetic writing and a bit of mysticism, created by the lovely Beth Kirby. So, I was beyond honored that she agreed to collaborate with me and style this Handmade Tool Roll (available in the shop), a must have for artists and craftspeople.
In the spirit of late Fall, a time when we grieve summer and death, I’ve put together a mix of darker tunes. This one has a nod to “Dia De Los Muertos,” a holiday that I prefer over Halloween. Listen here!
1. Cat Power – Werewolf
2. Jason Edwards – Holy Doom
3. Los Plantronics – Dia De Los Muertos
4. Pink Floyd – Time
5. Willie Nelson – Gravedigger
6. Jason Edwards – Bourbon / Quest
7. Ozomatli – Cumbia De Los Muertos
8. Chavela Vargas – La Llorna
9. Towns Van Zandt – Snake Song
10. Dan Zanes and Lila Downs – La Bruja
I just finished some hand dyed scarves using a soy wax relief method. Available in the shop! Wildberrry / Strokes of Midnight / Painting with Clay
I love these Medicine Cards. My mom used them and I thought it was weird, along with the sage burning, women’s circles and ceremonies. Now, I understand and have reverence for it all. This book in particular has brought me so much inspiration and comfort recently. I’ll draw a card and the animal and it’s medicine speak directly to what I’m going through. It also deepens my love and connection to animals and the spirit world. Does anyone else use these cards? How do you find comfort and revel in the Mystery?
The animal cards fit perfectly in this handmade pouch, available in the shop!