|Dia de Los Muertos, Oaxaca, Mexico|
Maybe it's a past life thing but for many years I've looked forward to El Dia de Los Muertos like a child awaiting Christmas. Although I'm not of hispanic descent, I've embraced the culture and enjoy celebrating the lives of friends and family no longer with us. Around mid-October I climb into the attic and pull down the boxes of catrinas, calaveras, sugar skulls, textiles, family photographs- and so much more- that I've accumulated over the years. These are the makings for my ofrenda, or altar, that I build for the Day of the Dead. A big part of my joy is revisiting this collection of objects.
In addition to building the altar, I transform the house with my collection of handmade pillows, masks, and other objects relating to the holiday - many purchased on my trips to Mexico.
|Felted skeletons I found on Etsy|
|This guy looks pretty happy|
Every year I do things differently. Sometimes, weather permitting, I build the altar outdoors. We had an abrupt change in the weather this past week so this year I chose the living room.
I begin by layering the textiles over tables, risers and boxes. Then I add the photographs, candles, fresh fruit and flowers. Many friends and family have added to the altar so I continue to include their offerings from past years. This year we added a painting of our sweet dog, Scout, who we lost in January.
|Layered textiles I've collected over the years|
|Our 2014 ofrenda|
|Our beloved Scout|
|Paige left us way too soon|
|Glitter everywhere for days|
|Easy to make paper pompoms|
|Sugar skull from Mexican Sugar Skull online store|
|Mask painting and floral headband art supplies|
|Lots of crafty activity|
|Mask painting fun|
|Find rhinestone and glittery stickers at the Dollar Store and Michaels|
|The outdoor contingent|
|Fabulous headband creation|
|Another beautiful Frida-inspired headband|
|Loved their creative energy|
|Carl and I|