Monday, October 22, 2012

Dia de los Muertos...

Dia de los Muertos...Day of the Dead (SpanishDía de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skullsmarigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased. (From Wikipedia.)
I have spent time playing with lots of very colorful skull beads.  There are eight different colors on these purchased hand dyed beads.
Our Zumba studio will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos on November 1st with dancing and authentic Mexican Hot Chocolate.  Our Zumba studio owner's husband is from Mexico so it will be the perfect combination.

 So I thought it would be fun to make some earrings and see if any of the gals wanted to buy them.

 Lots of super fun colors for certain.

Here is a closeup of the beads.

Then because there are a couple of guys in my classes I thought some lanyard charms for zipper pulls might be appropriate.  Not everyone wears pierced earrings after all.
This is like a rainbow of skulls for Dia de los Muertos...Day of the Dead.
This little orange skull is a great accessory for Halloween also.
I asked Mary (our beloved Zumba studio owner) if I might set them out during class.  She immediately sold almost all of what I had brought.  Thank you Mary!  When I asked if she would let them be offered for sale I told her I will donate 50% of the sales to a local non-profit that has just started for safe reading and playing for children.  Mary is a wonderfully generous woman and has already done a fundraiser for this new organization however I was out of town and missed it so this is my way of helping.
I will be able to give to charity and I will be able to buy more supplies to keep playing in my studio...WIN WIN!
On the weather front we finally are having rain!  Glorious fresh clean rain for all the plants and trees to absorb and enjoy.  Mr. C has been working very hard to repair all the edging around our pond that the deer and other animals have knocked down and destroyed through the years.  He got it done just in time.  I managed to put away yard art items for winter storage and plant a few bulbs.  Lots more to do before snow falls but at least we are good for the rain.
Spending time playing in my studio is such fun and I hope each of you are able to do what you enjoy.
Blissful Creating...


  1. How wonderfuly fun these are, Sherry...I love these bright beads - bought quite a few myself, last year. Hope you have a creative week - look for a little something in the mail mid to late week - XOXO

  2. What a great idea! Win - win for everyone! Enjoy your day!

  3. They looks so fun and bright to wear, dear Sherry, and I`m happy for you they sold imediately- to give half for this kind of charity, is wonderful of you, and so generous..children schould be able to play piecefully, and safe all over.
    Your hearts in the post below are beautiful,too- and I think I have to do as you,--- make a lot of smaller pieces for christmas, to have gifts to sell for little amounts,too!
    Here we had the most beautiful week while my family was visiting- sunny and warm :-) like your weather.
    Hugs ,Dorthe

  4. these are adorable!! OK, that word might not seem right but they are!!! And so nice of you to donate $$''s called KARMA....good for you!

  5. What fun your ideas were such a success. May all your good deeds come back to you ten-fold, my dear.
    Enjoy your studio time.

  6. These are great Sherry, and so wonderful of you to donate a portion of your sales to charity. enJOY those new supplies you are eyeing up, you deserve them!
    Hugs and JOY,

  7. Hello Sherry,
    I love love love your earrings, and lanyards! What a fab idea! The coloring are so great too. I used two of these heads in a recent necklace, but didn't think to color them! Anyways, glad your charitable sale went so well.

  8. They are adorable and perfect for this time of year, I am so glad you sold so many....OH, and thrilled you are having rain!


  9. Hi Sherry, your earrings are perfect. The colors will just fly out the door. What a grand idea to give half to the charity. Like you said, a win for all. So glad you are enjoying studio time and it shows.
    Also happy to hear you are having some much needed rain. We got some today for about 5 minutes but it poured. We still have the AC running and I am so looking forward to turning it off soon. LOL
    Happy Creating.
    Hugs, CM

  10. how wonderful to have a day set aside to remember your loved ones, shame we do not all do that, having lost both Mum and Dad I remember them on their anniversaries and buy some flowers or a plant but your way is lovely the way you all get together.
    The skulls are wonderful, here in U K skulls are very fashionable at the moment on tee shirts hags etc.sorry bags not hags!

  11. I need to stick my mojo on something and wear it. When everybody is a winner that is a great thing!

  12. your colorful skull beads were a great find! and i love how you've used them to create something fabulous for all your zumba friends! there's nothing more perfect than having a reason to be creative, while donating to charity at the same time! you go, saucy girl!! xox

  13. Wow Sherry, You have been a busy bee. Love those skulls. I bought some on ebay and they are now gone. I made some stick pins with them. I love it. Very nice and generous of you to donate 50% of the proceeds to charity. Have fun on your studio creating some more projecrs. ANA

  14. Yay so fabulous..I have missed visiting you..these are gorgeous and very festive! Wonderful creations!

  15. How colorful and just perfect for the season! Cheers.

  16. Good morning my dear creative one! These are just the perfect thing for this celebration! I am of Mexican heritage, but we were so far removed from tradition that we never did this....there were many Mexican traditions that I never understood or participated in EXCEPT FOR....making tamales on Christmas eve with the entire family!

    Thank you for coming to visit; it is always good to see you! Anita

  17. Oh, my, these would sell like hotcakes here - or anywhere, I believe! Just LOVE those colors!!!
    xoxo Jane

  18. They are all cute but I especially like the turquoise coloured skulls. Hugs Mrs A.


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