Thursday, October 30, 2008

I grew up in ''La capital" or "el Distrito Federal" .. Mexico city ... the 2nd biggest city in the world with 22.8 million people.
We don't really have Halloween. Halloween is a borrowed festivity .. on that day you'll have a mixture and it really depends on what social class you belong too middle class and rich people would go trick or treating dress in costumes yelling through the streets in every house "Halloween queremos Halloween" meaning "halloween WE Want halloween" and that of course means candy. But depending on the area that you live and if you are from a lower class you wont ask for halloween you ask for your "CALAVERITA" this means little skull.. and the candy wont be candy it will be fruit, like tangerines, jicama, oranges... and this kids the ones that ask for calaverita, because they don't have money for costumes they only paint their faces with a skull... so we would have tons of big, little and even the adults with their white skull faces, at least all this was when I was a little kid, but then november first and second is el dia de los muertos!!! that is our real tradition and what a gorgeous tradition it is.. We believe that the dead come back to us for one day .. the vail from their world to our world is so thin on those days.
So we make altares to honor our death people, we make a lot of food, food that has a special meaning and food that we know the dead person used to like when she/he was alive.. we put a lot of fresh orange and purple flowers around .. a lot of candles to guide them, we write funny songs and poems, we decorate with papel picado, calaveritas de azucar and paper mache statues of the skeletons dressed up as traditional mexican women and men, anyway you can find a lot of information in the internet about "el dia de los muertos" it is a beautiful tradition one that I really love and every year I do my altar . So today in the morning I will be decorating and getting ready for "el dia de los muertos" with festivities through the whole weekend and I'll come back to share all the pics..

Blessings to all, have a great Halloween, Samhain or whatever you celebrate this weekend.. if you don't celebrate anything have a fantastic weekend.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The winds are strong and cold, a remainder that winter won't take long to arrive, two scarves finished... one more to go.

Monday, October 20, 2008

pumpkins!!!  I TOTALLY LOVE THEM!!!!  this is my favorite time of the year!!!!  
WE went to pick three pumpkins, one for each wee one, on Saturday we have two carving parties... and then next week we are having a little early Samhain tea party for the girls where after tea  we carve lanterns out of gourds and each of the kids  prepare a story to tell at night. we light the lanterns and we sit in a circle,   we put some nature music as backround and blankets all over the backyard.. the kids love it.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

a little peek of the new item that is coming to the shop.

So the girl's party was super fun.. we had tons of little kids jumping and running all over the back yard, all dressed up,  it was super cute, we had lions, bumblebees, little witches, super heroes, ladybugs, princesses and cowboys.. ohh and a frog!! 

the idea for this little dolls came from here, I think they are adorable and the kids loved them.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

So the girls birthday party will be in a week, we did celebrate M's but the real party is still to come, we are doing one big party for both girls with 2 cakes and the theme will be ladybugs!! so here is the to do list:

  1. invitations
  2. goody bags
  3. decorations
  4. cake
Te invitations are already done here is a pick of the illustration I did for it, watercolor acrylic and pencil..

the goody bags are going to be little wooden boxes decorated with polka dots and inside a little wooden doll. I still have quite a few to finish and a little pouch with miniature color pencils if I have time (which I bet I wont) I would like to give also a note pad but that will be in my dreams.
Im still looking for an idea for the cakes. and the decorations I only need to do the bunting .. I know is still a lot to do so this weekend work work work...