Day of the Dead… I know what you’re thinking, “oh such awesome colorful fabric!”… that’s exactly what I think every time I visit a fabric store this time of year. I LOVE the novelty fabric to celebrate Day of the Dead. The bright colors, the thrilling imaginary, and the slight haunting of it. I wondered if I would ever dare use the fabric – especially since I didn’t even know what Day of the Dead was/is or even if I could/should ‘bing’ it from my home computer.
Then the stylish blogger Melissa from Rebel & Malice posted a call for her Day of the Dead Blog Tour, and I found my reason to explore Day of the Dead!
What does Day of the Dead mean? What is it all about???
Simply put – it is a tradition of honoring and celebrating in a festive and creative manner those who have died.
So… here is ‘festive and creative’…
good ol’ Wikepedia defines the event as,
And from Celebrate-Day-of-the-Dead, my favorite explanation is…
The key purpose behind these Day of the Dead customs is to make contact with the spirits of the dead, to let them know that they are not forgotten and that their loved ones on earth still care about them. It is a way of keeping the connection between loved ones alive, though they may be physically separated by death.
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So, it’s about celebrating the loved ones that have passed on. That sounds nice to me. It’s an opportunity to remember those that I love that I believe are still with me in spirit. That means this day is not to be feared or avoided, but perhaps appreciated and celebrated. So, my daughter and I selected the awesome fabric that I have admired, selected a trendy pattern by a designer new to me, and styled a cool setting for the photo shoot. And we enjoyed the time together planning and executing, and the thrill of creating this moment for Melissa’s Blog Tour.
What did I stitch up and stage up for the blog tour?
This is Handmaiden’s Cottage Jezebelle Apron pattern. The apron fabric is Alexander Henry’s Folklorico Los Novios and a coordinating stripe fabric from Joann’s, with yellow pom-pom trim. The reverse is a black and white gingham, and the pocket is done in a black and white chevron. As I said earlier – I LOVE novelty fabric, and Alexander Henry fabric lines never disappoint.
The yellow yarn pom-poms in her hair, at her wrist, and on her boot are a fun craft project. These represent the marigolds that are traditional on Day of the Dead.
My daughter had fun applying the heavy make-up, doing up her hair, and dressing for the photo shoot that took place respectfully in a Memorial Park near us.
For my loved ones that I remember every day and that are here with me in spirit – I love you and miss you, and in response to the one that says, “I didn’t know you could do that?” Well, I can because you taught me.
I hope you will enjoy what my daughter and I created to celebrate Day of the Dead on this Blog Tour… and find your own way to honor your loved ones.
Follow the rest of the Day of the Dead Blog Tour this week.
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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!)